BuzzFeed cuts 15 percent of staff in huge layoff

Usually Twitter is chock full of memes and political dialog, but on Jan. 25, 2019, Twitter was alight with tweets from many new ex-workers of BuzzFeed. Kristin Chirico, an employee of BuzzFeed, reports that 15 percent of BuzzFeed has been laid off. The layoffs were put into place to lower costs for the business and also maintain growth in order for the company to become profitable this year. Chirico was not laid off.

Jazzmyn Robbins, another BuzzFeed who fortunately was not laid off, noted that a lot of people of color staffers who created content for underrepresented groups were let go.

“This is going to be a tough week,” Ben Smith, the editor in chief of BuzzFeed News wrote in an email. “A total of 43 journalists were let go today, devastating the news department.“

“The national desk at @BuzzFeedNews was killed off today,” Tina Susman wrote in a tweet earlier today. All members of the national news team were let go. Jonah Peretti, who is the founder of BuzzFeed, reports that the layoffs total around 200 employees.

It is sad to see such loss of diversity, and with it, culturally diverse content. I am hoping those laid off can create a new company, much like The Try Guys who left BuzzFeed and created their own independent YouTube channel in May of 2018.

Shelby ClaytonComment