Hundreds of Twitter employees reportedly decided to leave the company after new owner Elon Musk issued an ultimatum on Thursday urging employees to be willing to work “long hours at high intensity” or leave.
After realizing that the number of people who decide to leave the company could be higher than expected, Musk backtracked on a decision he released a week ago about returning to the offices, after saying on Thursday that employees would be working remotely. are allowed to work if their managers consider them to be “making an outstanding contribution”, according to the daily The Washington Post??
The same newspaper also reports that the team leaders quickly met to discuss who would be invited to return to the company.
The layoffs show the reluctance of some of Twitter’s roughly 3,000 employees to stay at a company where Musk has laid off half the workforce, including top management, and has sought to change practices.
According to The Washington PostEmployees estimate that between 2,000 and 2,500 people have stayed with the company, but the investigation into who left is not yet certain because most of the people who were part of the human resources team have also left the company.
Elon Musk took to Twitter on Thursday night to reveal he’s not concerned about employee departures, as “the best people stay.” According to sources quoted by Reuters, the multimillionaire met with some key executives on Thursday to convince them to stay with the company.
“We just hit another all-time high in Twitter usage…” he added, without giving details.
More than 110 Twitter employees on at least four continents have announced their decision to leave the company in posts on the social network, though the posts have not been independently verified by Reuters. About 15 employees, many of them in the advertising industry, have expressed their intention to stay with the company.
More than 500 employees wrote farewell messages on an internal communication platform Twitter on Thursday, according to a source close to them.
In a private conversation on the platform signal of about 50 Twitter employees, nearly 40 said they had decided to leave, according to a former employee quoted by Reuters. In turn in a closed group on the platform limpabout 360 employees of Twitter have joined a new group called “voluntary layoffs,” according to another source.
platform in danger
Many engineers responsible for correcting insects and avoiding service outages will be on the decline, raising questions about the stability of the platform.
On Thursday night, the version of Twitter used by employees began to slow down, according to a source quoted by Reuters, who predicts that the public version of Twitter is at risk of being blocked overnight.
“When it locks up, in many areas there is no one left to fix things,” said the source, who declined to be identified for fear of reprisals.
“I am aware of six critical systems that have run out of technicians,” a former employee told the Washington message?? In addition, most of the people responsible for detecting disinformation are spamfake accounts and impersonation also came out.
“Every error in code and operations is now deadly,” said a former engineer who left the company this week, quoted by the US newspaper. Those who stay “will be overwhelmed and more likely to make mistakes as a result,” he added.
Reports of problems on Twitter rose sharply to about 350 Thursday evening, the Place Down detector, which detects malfunctions websites and applications.
‘We will have to be tough’
“To build an innovative Twitter 2.0 in the future and succeed in an increasingly competitive world, we’re going to have to be extremely tough,” Musk said in a statement Wednesday. email which he sent to Twitter employees.
O email asked employees to click the “yes” option if they wanted to stay with the company. The owner also said he would assume those who had not responded by 5 p.m. (local time) on Thursday wanted to leave and receive compensation worth three months’ wages, the owner said. Washington message??
Tess Rinearson, who was tasked with creating a team responsible for cryptocurrencies at Twitter, was one of the employees who left the company. Some engineers who decided to leave in turn changed their bios on Twitter and described themselves as “engineers” soft core‘ or ‘former engineers hardcore??
Many departing employees have taken advantage of the hash #LoveWhereYouWorked to announce the decision.
“I thought my soul was already totally crushed after the last two weeks. I was so wrong. Today was difficult,” reads one publication.
When employees announced his departure, Musk took to social media to joke. “How do you make a small fortune on social media? Start with a big one [fortuna]”, He wrote.
On Thursday, the words “worthless billionaire” and “bankrupt baby” in reference to Elon Musk were also projected on the walls of Twitter’s headquarters in San Francisco, although it was not clear who organized the demonstration.