A Twitter employee has been flooded with support after saying he was locked out of his emails and laptop at 3am: ‘This isn’t looking promising’

  • A Twitter employee is receiving support after tweeting that he was locked out of his work email.
  • Chris Younie is one of several Twitter employees who have reported being cut off from work channels.
  • Staff assume this means they’re fired, despite Musk saying layoffs would be announced via email.

A Twitter employee is being flooded with supportive comments after saying he appeared to be locked out of his work email in the hours after Elon Musk announced there would be layoffs at the company.

Chris Younie, whose Twitter bio says he works in entertainment partnerships at Twitter and is based in London, tweeted a screenshot that appeared to show he had been locked out of his company email account and was unable to log onto his laptop at 3am on Friday morning.

“Well this isn’t looking promising. Can’t log into emails. Mac wont turn on. But so grateful this is happening at 3am. Really appreciate the thoughtfulness on the timing front guys. Meanwhile to everyone else at Twitter, you’re the best #OneTeam,” a caption on the tweet read.

The tweet received over 100 responses and 400 retweets, with many commenters expressing sympathy and support for him, assuming this suggests he has been laid off.

“So sorry this is happening to you and your colleagues,” wrote Emily Heward, whose bio says she is an editor at Reach PLC.

Other users wrote, “No one deserves to find out their job status this way,” and, “I am truly sorry to see many talented folks find out this chaotic news this way. You deserved better, I am sure, and I don’t even know you.”

It comes as many former Twitter employees use the platform to share their stories of being laid off following Elon Musk’s takeover of the company, which he acquired for $44 billion on October 28.

A Twitter employee Rachel Bonn tweeted that she had been “cut off from laptop access” at Twitter on November 4, sharing a picture of herself holding her nine-month-old child, adding she is eight months pregnant.

—rachel bonn (@RachBonn) November 4, 2022
Twitter staff were sent an internal memo on Thursday, revealing that workers were being laid off and that those affected would be notified via email by 9am PST on Friday. But some employees at the company told Insider that layoffs appeared to have begun on Thursday, with staff saying they had been logged out of company Slack channels and email accounts.

A class-action lawsuit alleging the layoffs are in violation of federal and California law was filed in San Francisco federal court on Thursday, court papers obtained by Insider showed.

Younie and Twitter did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

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