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Layoffs at Twitter’s Bengaluru development centre as it stops global engineering work

Source | The Economic Times : By Neha Alawadhi

Twitter is discontinuing global engineering work at its Bengaluru development center and is laying off employees, a Twitter spokesperson has confirmed to ET.

“As part of our normal business review, we have decided to stop the global engineering work at the Bangalore development center. We thank the impacted individuals for their valuable contributions and are doing as much as we can to provide them a respectful exit from our company” a company spokesperson said in a statement to ET. This development was first reported by YourStory.

The company spokesperson said this move would only affect its global engineering workforce in Bengaluru but declined to disclose any specific details on the number of jobs being cut or how are they helping the affected employees.

This move is quite a contrast to June last year when Twitter had stated plans of doubling down on its India operations to build localised products suitable for markets with pervasive Internet connectivity issues and increase its employee strength to 50 employees.

At the time, Twitter’s global vice-president for product management Christian Oestlien (now at Google’s YouTube) had told ET that India will act as a centre to develop local language products for non-English speaking speaking countries such as those in Asia and Latin America.

“To begin with, the India engineering centre will focus on three things -build product that are unique and distinct to Indian market, appeals to local traditions customs and interests. Second, to make sure our app performs in a world-class manner, regardless of internet connection, and finally, to make sure it’s accessible regardless of the device people are using, language they speak, income or location,” Oestlien had told ET at the time.

The Twitter spokesperson however noted that they remain committed to India as a strategic market for users, partners and advertisers. “Today, India is one of our fastest growing markets worldwide and we continue to invest in key initiatives to further expand our audience, increase user engagement and drive revenue in this important market.” he added.

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