Twitter’s Child Safety Team Laid Off
In spite of Elon Musk’s declaration last week that removing child exploitation was Twitter’s number one priority, almost all of the team dedicated to removing child sexual abuse content from the site has been laid off, except for one person. It is not clear how many people were originally on the team before Elon’s takeover. Four Singapore-based employees dedicated to child safety left Twitter in November according to their LinkedIn profile. The team headquartered in Singapore, was responsible for enforcing the company’s policy regarding child sex abuse material (CSAM) in the Asia Pacific region. As of now, only one person is handling about 4.3 billion people in the Asia Pacific region. The Singapore team is responsible for twitter’s busiest market that includes Japan. The number of Twitter users in Japan is 59 million, only second to the US; and the Singapore office has been one of the worst hit by layoffs and resignations. In the last month, Twitter’s workforce has been cut by half, and the remaining employees have been told to work longer hours with more intensity or choose to leave with a three month pay.