The San Francisco-based social media tech titan Twitter laid off nearly a third of staff on its recruitment team Thursday afternoon, a staff cut that coincides with yet another round of Elon Musk’s gripes about the company’s spam bot data.

As first reported by TechCrunch and confirmed by SFGATE, 30% of the company’s talent acquisitions division was laid off — though a spokesperson declined to provide details regarding the number of employees affected and their severance benefits.

A company spokesperson told SFGATE that the layoffs are a way for the company to refocus its business needs during a lean period. As the broader tech industry undergoes intense headwinds, Twitter already announced a hiring pause in May, with a few key exceptions for “critical” positions.

The social media platform has also undergone rapid whiplash within its executive ranks in recent months, with two Twitter executives reportedly being asked by CEO Parag Agrawal to leave the company in May, just months after being promoted. (One of the executives, general manager of consumer product Kayvon Beykpour, departed the company while on paternity leave.) 

There’s also the looming issue of Musk, the mercurial Tesla and SpaceX titan whose $44 billion takeover plan has reportedly gone sour amid repeated (albeit unvetted) gripes over the presence of bots on the platform, according to a Washington Post report Thursday.

Musk has publicly fretted about the percentage of spam bots on Twitter and that the company has falsely presented the service’s numbers — a claim that has been repeatedly debunked by the company itself, including earlier Thursday. Besides, as many analysts have pointed out, the contract is still set in stone despite Musk’s seeming cold feet — and he will likely have to pay a minimum of $1 billion if he reneges on the deal.

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