Twitter is a social media microblogging service with several hundred million users that is especially influential for journalists, academics, government officials and other elites. On October 27th, 2022, Elon Musk completed a $44 billion buyout of Twitter.
While Twitter has not experienced any prolonged outages since the buyout, on July 14th, 2022, the site experienced one of its longest outages for years. During that outage, the social network was completely unavailable to users around the globe on web and mobile for almost an hour.
Since Musk’s buyout in October, massive layoffs have occurred across the company, including the engineering department. According to a New York Times article from Nov 11, 2022: “In Redbird, Twitter’s platform and infrastructure organization, Mr. Musk shed numerous managers. The unit also lost about 80 percent of its engineering staff, raising internal concerns about the company’s ability to keep its site up and running.” That same article also reported, as a result of these layoffs, a ratio of 70 engineers to each product manager at Twitter.