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Major Corporations Announce Significant Layoffs

On January 12, a wave of layoffs struck numerous successful enterprises. Discord, a popular instant messaging and communications platform, declared a 17% reduction in workforce as reported by Fast Company. In the same vein, Audible, a subsidiary of Amazon, disclosed intentions to lay off 5% of its employees. Alphabet, the parent company of Google, announced layoffs in the hundreds, with a substantial impact on the teams associated with the Google Assistant product and the knowledge and information product, as documented by Semafor. Additionally, Meta Platforms-owned Instagram made a move to eliminate about 60 technical program manager positions at its image-sharing app, noted by Business Insider. Twitch, an Amazon-owned live-streaming site, disclosed plans to reduce its staff by 35%, and Amazon, in a broader initiative, aims to terminate β€œseveral hundred” employees across its Prime Video and MGM Studios divisions. Unity Software, a prominent video game software developer, also intends to discharge one-quarter of its workforce. Beyond the tech sector, financial giants BlackRock and Citigroup also revealed plans for job cuts. These announcements coincide with the restructuring efforts led by Citigroup’s new CEO. While recent financial results showed higher earnings but lower revenue, the reorganization efforts demonstrate noteworthy progress in realigning the company’s operations.

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