Hundreds of staff are believed to be leaving the struggling social media company after new owner Elon Musk issued an ultimatum requiring employees to sign up for “long hours at high intensity” or go.
A message has been sent to Twitter employees stating, “Effective immediately, we will be temporarily locking our office buildings and suspending badge access.” The offices will reopen on November 21.
“I appreciate your adaptability. Please continue to adhere to business policy by not disclosing sensitive company information on social media, to the press, or anywhere else.
We look forward to collaborating with you on the exciting future of Twitter.
Thursday evening, security personnel began “kicking employees out of the office,” a source told Reuters.
Musk gave employees until Thursday evening to decide if they want to be a part of a “breakthrough Twitter 2.0,” but cautioned them that they must be “very hardcore” to remain with the firm.
The billionaire, who assumed control of the company one month ago, warned employees on Wednesday that they would need to work “hard hours at a high intensity” to secure the success of the business.
Musk terminated the majority of Twitter’s full-time employees on November 4 via a scathing email, and a number of senior professionals responsible for cybersecurity and regulation have also departed in the past two weeks.
Following Musk’s demands, Twitter employees were questioned using the workplace software Blind, which validates employees by their work email accounts and allows them to exchange information anonymously.
42% of the 180 employees surveyed chose the response “Taking departure option, I’m free!”
Only 7% of those surveyed responded, “clicked yes to stay, I’m a diehard”
Musk tweeted late Thursday night that he was unconcerned about departures since “the greatest people are staying.”
Amid the deluge of resignations, he added that Twitter usage had reached an all-time high.
“And we’ve just reached another all-time high in Twitter usage,” he tweeted without providing further explanation.
Following the departures, Twitter employees created the ‘#RIPTwitter’ trend on Friday, as hundreds of staff are reportedly departing the struggling social media business.
Musk wreaked turmoil at Twitter just weeks after assuming leadership of the company. Thousands of firm employees were shown the door, citing “loss of company revenue” as the explanation.
Those who survived the layoff were also required to commit to “intensive” labor or leave with severance money.
Several staff then stated on Twitter that they would be leaving following Musk’s pledge date. Several employees took to a private forum outside of the company’s message board to discuss their planned departure, asking questions about how their US visas would be affected and whether they would receive the promised severance pay, according to a former employee who spoke anonymously for fear of retaliation.
While it is unclear how many of Twitter’s already dwindling staff accepted Musk’s offer, the latest round of departures indicates that the site continues to hemorrhage employees as it prepares for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
According to a Reuters report, the version of the Twitter app used by employees slowed down on Thursday evening.
According to the website Downdetector, which monitors website and app outages, the number of reported Twitter outages spiked from less than 50 to over 350 on Thursday evening.
According to the former employee, in a private Signal chat with over 50 Twitter employees, nearly 40 stated that they had decided to leave the company.
And in a secret Slack group for current and former Twitter employees, approximately 360 individuals joined a new channel labeled “voluntary layoff.”
Thursday was the second time in two weeks that blue heart and salute emoticons filled Twitter and its internal chatrooms as Twitter employees said their goodbyes.
And by Friday am (IST), hundreds of Twitter employees in the United States and Europe had announced their departures via public tweets, but each resignation could not be independently confirmed.
Twitter, which has lost numerous members of its communication team, declined to comment in response to a request.