The future of Twitter itself is in doubt tonight, following reports that the company’s workforce has largely rejected an ultimatum from new owner Elon Musk to commit to a culture of “long hours” and “extremely hardcore” work.
Firsthand accounts from Twitter employees and reports from around the web indicate that a good number of the company’s employees, who survived Musk’s mass lynching of thousands less than two weeks ago, are now choosing to walk away rather than buy into the new one. regime.
The company closed (via Reuters) its offices until Monday, cutting off the entry badge for all employees, sources report, because it struggles to control exactly who will go and stay.
Meanwhile, there are reports (via The Verge) from various sources that hundreds have joined a private Twitter Slack channel called “Voluntary Redundancy,” while a former employee said that out of 50 Twitter employees in a private conversation on Signal, 40 are They walk away with a severance package.
The New York Times reports that hundreds of people have chosen to leave, with Musk reaching out to “critical” workers to try to convince them to stay. Several former Twitter employees have now chosen to go public, with a selection of the posts below:
Twitter employees in the US were asked to comply with the new culture by ticking the “Yes” box on an internal Google form by 5pm ET on Thursday. Those who responded in the negative (or did not respond at all) would be effectively removed from office.
Within the memo sent to all remaining employees at midnight Wednesday, Musk spoke of a “crossroads.” He wrote: “Going forward, in order to build the Twitter 2.0 penetration and succeed in an increasingly competitive world, we will need to be very hardcore. This means working long hours at high intensity. Only exceptional performance will constitute a success score.”
He continued, “If you are sure you want to be part of the new Twitter, please click yes in the link below. Anyone who has not done so by 5pm ET tomorrow (Thursday) will receive three months severance pay.”
There has been no public comment from the Twitter communications team yet, mainly because the CEO and owner have already fired them all. The hashtag #RIPTwitter is the trending topic on Twitter. Meanwhile, says this same director.