Since its acquisition by Elon Musk last week, social media platform Twitter has become a very high-profile example of the trend of job cuts in the tech sector. The deteriorating economy has seen many tech companies announce significant layoffs and a growing number are letting employees go by email or video message, rather than arranging face-to-face meetings. An HR expert explains what’s happening and what it means for those facing redundancy.

But digital layoffs are only one of the concerns about the chief twit’s plans. The decision to charge for verified status – the blue tick on certain profiles – could endanger women’s safety online, says a criminal justice specialist. And if you’ve had enough of Twitter, here’s what you need to know about the alternative many users are flocking to:

For those who struggle to remember their blood type at the best of times, we have some bad news. You may think there are only a handful of blood groups but researchers have just discovered the 44th. It’s called Er (perhaps as in: “Er, sorry I can’t remember my blood type”?).

You may actually have been trying to forget that disgraced ex-health secretary Matt Hancock will be on our TVs in the latest instalment of I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! Here’s why his “unhappy constituents” could well want him voted out of the jungle.

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Tesla Billionaire Elon Musk acquired social media platform Twitter in October 2022. ZUMA Press, Inc. / Alamy Stock Photo

Twitter job cuts: what are digital layoffs and what do they mean for employees and companies?

Emma Sara Hughes, University of Liverpool

As a growing wave of tech companies announce job cuts, more employees are being informed by email or video call.

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Blood groups: there are way more than you think – here’s why they matter

Adam Taylor, Lancaster University

A 44th blood group was recently discovered by researchers at Bristol University.

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Matt Hancock’s trip to the jungle: ill defined job descriptions enable MPs to abandon their constituents

Paula Keaveney, Edge Hill University

Matt Hancock’s controversial appearance on I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here raises important questions on the true purpose of MPs.

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