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Amid mass lay offs at Twitter, an apology from founder Jack Dorsey

Jack Dorsey, who founded Twitter in 2006, stepped down as director in May this year after resigning as its chief executive officers in 2021. 

Twitter founder Jack Dorsey has apologised to all employees 'past and present' as the social media giant now helmed my Elon Musk fired 50% of its work force.

'Folks at Twitter past and present are strong and resilient. They will always find a way no matter how difficult the moment. I realize many are angry with me. I own the responsibility for why everyone is in this situation: I grew the company size too quickly. I apologize for that,' Dorsey tweeted.

'I am grateful for, and love, everyone who has ever worked on Twitter. I don't expect that to be mutual in this moment...or ever…and I understand,' he added.

Jack Dorsey, who founded Twitter in 2006, stepped down as director in May this year after resigning as its chief executive officers in 2021.

Twitter sacked half of its 7,500-strong staff on Friday as new owner Elon Musk launched his major overhaul of the troubled company just a week after his blockbuster takeover.

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Workers around the world were shown the door and took to Twitter to vent their frustration or disbelief and say goodbye to one of Silicon Valley's most iconic companies.

"Regarding Twitter's reduction in force, unfortunately there is no choice when the company is losing over $4M/day," Musk tweeted Friday evening in his first comment on the subject, 24 hours after the company's initial email notifying employees of forthcoming layoffs.

Ahead of the layoffs, Twitter closed access to its offices worldwide, asking employees to stay at home to await news of their fate through an email.

The cull is part of Musk's push to find ways to pay for the mammoth $44 billion deal for which he took on billions of dollars in debt and sold $15.5 billion worth of shares in Tesla, his electric car company.

(with inputs from AFP)

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