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Twitter ousts product manager Keyvon Beykpour on paternity leave

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Kayvon Beykpour joined the company in 2015 when it acquired Periscope.
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Twitter reduces its number of characters: the social media company fired two executives on Thursday, including one while on paternity leave.

“Interrupting my paternity leave to share a few last [Twitter]- related news: I am leaving the company after more than 7 years,” wrote Kayvon Beykpour, product manager of the company. He joined the company in 2015 after having acquired periscopeof which he is a co-founder.

In a follow-up tweet, he revealed that the decision was not his: CEO Parag Agrawal reportedly asked Beykpour to leave the company. Twitter offers up to 20 weeks paternity leave for employees. Beykpour and its wife welcomed a daughter April 3, 2022. The company did not respond to a request for comment.

Beykpour wasn’t the only executive to be fired today, as multiple reports also confirm that Bruce Falck was also fired after five years at Twitter. Falck (including Biography Twitter currently says “unemployed”) was the income product manager, and expressed his gratitude in his own tweet thread this afternoon.

Beykpour then tweeted that he was disappointed with the decision while being “incredibly proud” of his team’s work and journey. He said, “I’m proud that we’ve changed the perception of Twitter’s pace of innovation, and proud that we’ve changed the culture internally to make bigger bets, move faster, and weed out the sacred cows. It’s not entirely clear why Beykpour was asked to leave, but Bloomberg reports that in an email to employees, Agrawal confirmed the departures and explained that the company had not met the growth targets it had set and needed to be careful who was on board.

It looks like Twitter is going through a little identity crisis lately as a result of all news of Elon Musk’s impending $44 billion acquisition. OWhile it’s likely that this particular restructuring has nothing to do with Musk’s takeover, it could be a sign of things to come when the billionaire take over the platform.