Twitter closes offices until Monday as employees quit in droves


Hundreds of Twitter employees are estimated to be leaving the beleaguered social media firm following an ultimatum from new proprietor Elon Musk that staffers join “lengthy hours at excessive depth,” — or go away.

Early Wednesday, Musk had emailed Twitter employees, saying: “Going ahead, to construct a breakthrough Twitter 2.0 and succeed in an more and more aggressive world, we’ll have to be extraordinarily hardcore.”

The electronic mail requested employees to click on “sure” in the event that they needed to stay round. Those who didn’t reply by 5 p.m. ET on Thursday could be thought-about to have quit and given a severance package deal, the e-mail mentioned.

As the deadline approached, employees scrambled to determine what to do.

In a ballot on the office app Blind, which verifies employees by their work electronic mail addresses and permits them to share info anonymously, 42 per cent of 180 respondents selected the reply “Taking exit possibility, I’m free!”

1 / 4 mentioned that they had chosen to remain on on the firm “reluctantly,” and solely seven per cent of the ballot members mentioned they “clicked sure to remain, I’m hardcore.”

The firm notified employees Thursday night that it’s going to shut its offices and lower badge entry until Monday, based on two sources. Security officers have begun kicking employees out of the workplace, one supply mentioned.

Twitter proprietor Elon Musk was reportedly talking with some high employees in an effort to persuade them to remain on the social media firm. (Mary Altaffer/The Associated Press)

Employees predict half their colleagues will go

Twitter, which has misplaced lots of its communication group members, didn’t reply to a request for remark.

Musk was assembly some high employees to attempt to persuade them to remain, mentioned one present worker and a lately departed worker who’s in contact with Twitter colleagues.

While it’s unclear what number of employees have chosen to remain, the numbers spotlight the reluctance of some staffers to stay at an organization the place Musk has hastened to fireplace half its employees, together with high administration, and is ruthlessly altering the tradition to emphasise lengthy hours and an intense tempo.

WATCH | Twitter employees get layoff notices through electronic mail: 

Twitter employees get layoff information through electronic mail

Simon Balmain tells Reuters how he came upon he was shedding his job at Twitter — information that was conveyed through electronic mail.

In a non-public chat on Signal with about 50 Twitter staffers, almost 40 mentioned that they had determined to go away, based on the previous worker.

And in a non-public Slack group for Twitter’s present and former employees, about 360 folks joined a brand new channel titled “voluntary-layoff,” mentioned an individual with information of the Slack group.

A separate ballot on Blind requested staffers to estimate what proportion of individuals would depart Twitter primarily based on their notion. More than half of respondents estimated not less than 50 per cent of employees would depart.

Blue hearts and salute emojis flooded Twitter and its inside chatrooms on Thursday, the second time in two weeks as Twitter employees mentioned their goodbyes.

Twitter employees had until 5 p.m. ET Thursday to tell the corporate in the event that they needed to remain on or take a three-month severance package deal. (Jeff Chiu/The Associated Press)

By 6 p.m. ET, greater than two dozen Twitter employees throughout the United States and Europe had introduced their departures in public Twitter posts reviewed by Reuters, although every resignation couldn’t be independently verified.

One group inside Twitter determined to take the leap collectively and go away the corporate, one worker who’s leaving instructed Reuters.

In an obvious jab at Musk’s name for employees to be “hardcore,” the Twitter profile bios of a number of departing engineers on Thursday described themselves as “softcore engineers” or “ex-hardcore engineers.”


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