Snap Lays Off Fewer Than Two Dozen Employees In Staff Realignment

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Snap confirms reports of up to 24 redundancies in a bid to 'scale internally'

Thought Snap didn't want to comment on when that redesign may arrive in the US, other reports pin it at the end of Q1 this year.

The warning was sent to all employees last week by Snap's general counsel Michael O'Sullivan in a memo obtained by the tech Web site Cheddar Scoops.

A January 8 memo from O'Sullivan to Snap's employees, which says the company has a "zero-tolerance policy" for leakers and mentions lawsuits and jail time for violators, was obtained by financial news network Cheddar, which published it Friday. Snap laid off two dozen employees this week, including some of the company's content-division workers, who focused on working with publishing partnerships to produce content for Snapchat's Discover section.

The problems for Snapchat did not end there, as Cheddar released another bombshell Friday (19 January), exposing another memo showing strongly-worded legal threats against any staff caught leaking company data.

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"This applies to outright leaks and any informal "off the record" conversations with reporters, as well as any confidential information you let slip to people who are not authorised to know that information". "The government, our investors, and other third parties can also seek their own remedies against you for what you disclosed". The article sited former and current unnamed Snap employees as sources. According to Cheddar, though, Snapchat has been firing employees in batches of two dozen at a time since September. "The government can even put you in jail".

In his memo, O'Sullivan wrote that company has "a culture of sharing information across many teams".

Snap's CEO Evan Spiegel argued in a memo that the firm needed to grow thoughtfully to maximise productivity and not just blindly increase in size. "We also need to have an organization that scales internally".

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