What happens when a massive tech company fires the entirety of its communications team? According to Twitter, the answer is that it all simply goes to poop. According to Elon Musk, in a tweet no less, it was revealed that all press enquiries sent to the company's press email, [email protected] from now, would now receive an auto response of a poop emoji.
MARKETING-INTERACTIVE tested Musk's claims and found it to be true as a poop emoji slid smoothly into our inboxes upon clicking send.
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The move, in what seems to be an ominous signal of the company's direction, comes after reports that the social media company axed the entirety of its public relations staff in the company's multiple rounds of layoffs over the last few months. Since it's layoffs, emails to the company's press team have gone unanswered for months.
MARKETING-INTERACTIVE understands that in Southeast Asia, much of the communications team in Southeast Asia are also no longer with the company. This happened shortly after Twitter asked its staff members in the Singapore office to vacate the building on 12 January via email, and resume work remotely.
The layoffs came shortly after Twitter’s new chief executive officer, Elon Musk, announced plans to eliminate about half the company’s global workforce in an attempt to bring costs down.
Musk, who is also the boss of Tesla, also made the decision to remove its PR department in 2020 though the company still does, on occasion, answer press enquiries.
Musk has long held a turbulent relationship with the media who he has accused in the past of bringing bias upon Tesla and of being in cahoots with some of Tesla's rival companies. He most recently accused the media of being racist after cartoonist Scott Adams had his "Dilbert" comics pulled from major newspapers after he went on a racist rant on YouTube.
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