Mozilla, the company behind the well-known Firefox internet browser, announced on Tuesday that it would be laying 250 employees, roughly a quarter of its workforce, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The company’s remaining employees will also be refocused on projects expected to generate the most money.
“Economic conditions resulting from the global pandemic have significantly impacted our revenue. As a result, our pre-COVID plan was no longer workable,” CEO Mitchell Baker said in a blog post about the layoffs. “Though we’ve been talking openly with our employees about the need for change — including the likelihood of layoffs — since the spring, it was no easier today when these changes became real. I desperately wish there was some other way to set Mozilla up for long term success in building a better internet.”
As part of its initial plan to generate more revenue, Mozilla will shift focus to