“Netflix hired me seven months ago only to fire me”

It’s been a tumultuous month for Netflix; The streaming service’s shares fell more than 26% in premarket trading on April 20 after the company reported a loss of 200,000 subscribers in the first quarter – the first time its paid users fell in more than a decade. And it looks like things will keep getting worse before they get better, according to The Hollywood ReporterNetflix has started laying off staff at Tudum, its fan site that the company’s marketing division launched last year.

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A person with inside knowledge of the situation said THR that at least 10 full-time Tudum employees and contractors — an onomatopoeic homage to the sound that accompanies the Netflix logo when a user opens the app — were fired on Thursday. At this time, it’s unclear if any further layoffs are forthcoming, but a Netflix spokesperson said THR that the site remains “an important priority for the company”.

Netflix originally launched Tudum in December last year to create consumer content focused on Netflix series and movies such as Bridgerton, Stranger Things, Love is Blind and sell sunset, and has hired numerous journalists and entertainment writers to drive its editorial growth. Earlier this week, Netflix insiders informed THR that hiring had also slowed in the company.

Needless to say, those who were laid off were not happy about it, and some took to Twitter to look for work and a salary to pay rent and other necessities.

Others mentioned the fact that the streamer sought them out just seven months ago.

The tweets also drew strong reactions from people who were not directly affected by the layoffs.

It remains to be seen whether the streaming giant will launch another round of layoffs or explore other ways to cut costs. The company has already increased subscription prices, announced plans to end password sharing, and will introduce advertising on its platform.

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The company was up 0.49% at 10:15 a.m. today.

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