February 9, 2023

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After Elon Musk’s ultimatum, Twitter employees begin to cheer

REUTERS

It is estimated that hundreds of Twitter employees are leaving the ailing social media company after an ultimatum from new owner Elon Musk that employees log in for “long hours of high intensity” or leave.

In a survey conducted by the workplace app Blind, which verifies employees using their work email addresses and allows them to share information anonymously, 42% of 180 people chose the answer “If I take the option to opt out, I am.” I free!”

A quarter said they chose to stay “reluctantly” and just 7% of survey respondents said they clicked “Yes to stay, I’m hardcore.”

Musk met with some top employees to persuade them to stay, according to a current employee and a recently departed employee who is in contact with Twitter colleagues.

While it’s unclear how many employees chose to stay, the numbers underscore the reluctance of some employees to remain at a company where Musk has hastily laid off half his employees, including top management, and is recklessly changing the culture , to emphasize long working hours intense pace.

According to two sources, the company told employees it would be closing its offices and restricting access to ID cards until Monday. Security officials have started kicking out employees
the office on Thursday night, a source said.

Musk took to Twitter late Thursday and said he wasn’t worried about resignations as “the best people stay.”

Amid the wave of layoffs, the billionaire owner added that Twitter usage has hit an all-time high.

“And we just hit another all-time high in Twitter usage…” he said in a tweet without elaborating.

Twitter, which has lost many members of its communications team, did not respond to a request for comment.

PLATFORM STABILITY

The departures include many engineers responsible for fixing bugs and preventing service outages, raising questions about the stability of the platform in the face of the loss of staff.

As of Thursday night, the version of the Twitter app used by employees began to slow down, according to a source trusted
with the matter, who estimated that the public version of Twitter was in danger of collapsing on the night.

“If it breaks, in many areas there’s no one left to fix things,” said the person, who declined to be named for fear of retribution.

Reports of Twitter outages rose sharply from fewer than 50 to about 350 reports Thursday night, according to website Downdetector, which tracks website and app outages.

In a private chat on Signal with about 50 Twitter employees, according to the former employee, nearly 40 said they had decided to leave.

And in a private Slack group for current and former Twitter employees, about 360 people joined a new channel with the title
“Voluntary release,” said one person with knowledge of the Slack group.

In a separate survey on Blind, employees were asked to estimate what percentage of people would leave Twitter based on their perception. More than half of those surveyed estimated that at least 50% of employees would leave.

Blue hearts and greeting emojis flooded Twitter and its internal chat rooms on Thursday, the second time in two weeks that Twitter employees said goodbye.

As of 6 p.m. EST, over two dozen Twitter employees in the United States and Europe had announced their resignations in public Twitter posts reviewed by Reuters, although each resignation could not be independently verified.

Musk emailed Twitter employees early Wednesday, saying, “Going forward, we want to build a groundbreaking Twitter 2.0 and
To thrive in an increasingly competitive world, we must be extremely persistent.”

The email asked staff to click “yes” if they wanted to stay. Those who have not responded by 5 p.m. Eastern Time Thursday would be treated as terminated with severance pay, the email said.

As the deadline approached, employees pondered what to do.

A team within Twitter has decided to collectively take the plunge and leave the company, an employee who is leaving the company told Reuters.

Notable departures included Tess Rinearson, who was tasked with building a cryptocurrency team at Twitter. Ms. Rinearson tweeted the blue heart and greeting emojis.

In an apparent dig at Musk’s call for “hard-core” employees, the Twitter profile bios of several departing engineers on Thursday referred to themselves as “soft-core engineers” or “ex-hard-core engineers.”

As the resignations rolled in, Mr. Musk made a joke on Twitter.

“How do you make a small fortune on social media?” he tweeted. “Start with a big one.” – Reuters