Twitter reportedly scraps holiday pay for contractors as part of new rules that will begin during Thanksgiving

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  • Twitter has cut holiday pay for contractors from Thanksgiving onwards, per a Platformer reporter.

  • The company also fired some engineers because their "code is not satisfactory," per a Verge reporter.

  • Elon Musk has introduced cost-cutting measures at Twitter since taking over the company.

Elon Musk's Twitter has decided to scrap holiday pay for contractors working for the social-media company, according to Platformer reporter Zoë Schiffer.

The measure will start during Thanksgiving, according to Schiffer.

Amid the mass layoffs since Musk's takeover, Twitter started to fire contractors on November 12 and those affected found out they'd lost their job when they were locked out of work accounts, Axios reported.

It's not the only measure that Twitter has reportedly introduced in the runup to Thanksgiving.

The Verge's Alex Heath said on Thursday that some Twitter engineers received an email on Wednesday evening, saying they were fired because their "code is not satisfactory." Twitter sent "performance warning" emails to other engineers, telling them to "restore our confidence and demonstrate your contributions to the team," according to Heath.

The report came off the back of a leaked email, seen by Insider, saying on Monday that all Twitter employees who were coding or doing technical work would be expected to submit a weekly summary of everything they've worked on.

Twitter didn't immediately respond to Insider's request for comment made outside of normal US operating hours about the company reportedly cutting contractors' holiday pay and firing some engineers.

Musk tweeted on Thursday that Twitter users may notice "small, sometimes major, improvements in speed" on the app, adding that it would be more significant in countries at a distance from the US.

The reported changes in Twitter's workforce come at a time when the company is cutting costs.

Twitter said on Monday in a company email viewed by Insider's Kali Hays that it was facing "a challenging economic climate where greater attention to cost management is essential." It listed the number of perks that it would no longer pay for, including home WiFi, wellness, and quarterly team activities.

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