MySpace Cutting Majority of Its International Staff

myspace-logo MySpace said today it’s cutting two-thirds of its non-U.S. workforce, bringing the total number of international employees to 150. The move comes a week after the social networking site said it would slash 30 percent of its U.S. workforce. MySpace said today that it will “restructure its international operations and refocus personnel around a smaller number of territories.”

London, Berlin and Sydney have been designated as the international hubs; offices including those in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, France and India are under review. MySpace China (which is locally owned, operated and managed) and MySpace’s joint venture in Japan will not be affected.

MySpace CEO Owen Van Natta said in a statement:

“As we conducted our review of the company, it was clear that internationally, just as in the U.S., MySpace’s staffing had become too big and cumbersome to be sustainable in current market conditions.”

MySpace is struggling to regain its lead over rival Facebook; comScore released data last week that showed the number of unique U.S. visitors on Facebook eclipsed MySpace for the first time ever in May. Facebook has also been growing rapidly overseas.

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