Twitter employees start walking out after Elon Musk’s ‘hardcore’ ultimatum

San Francisco: Hundreds Twitter Employees are expected to leave the beleaguered social media company following an ultimatum from new owner Elon Musk that employees sign up or quit “for a long time at high intensity”.
In a poll on the workplace app Blind, which verifies employees via their work email addresses and allows them to share information anonymously, 42% of 180 people said “Taking the exit option, I’m free.” !”
A quarter said they had chosen to stay “reluctantly” and only 7% of poll participants said they “clicked yes to stay, I’m fanatical.”
Musk was meeting with some top employees and trying to persuade them to stay, said a current employee and a recently departed employee who has been in contact with Twitter colleagues.
While it is not clear how many employees have chosen to stay, the numbers highlight the reluctance of some employees to stay at a company where Musk has been quick to lay off half its staff, including top management, and is ruthlessly changing the culture to emphasize long hours and a fast pace.
The company notified employees that it would be closing its offices and cutting off access to badges as of Monday, according to two sources. A source said that the security officials started evacuating the employees from the office on Thursday evening.
Twitter, which has lost several members of its communications team, did not respond to a request for comment.
The departures include several engineers responsible for fixing bugs and preventing service outages, raising questions about the stability of the platform amid employee losses.
On Thursday evening, the version of the Twitter app used by employees began to slow down, according to a source familiar with the matter, who speculated that the public version of Twitter was at risk of breaking during the night.
“If it breaks, there is no one left to fix things in many areas,” said the person, who declined to be named for fear of retribution.
Reports of Twitter outages rose from less than 50 on Thursday evening to nearly 350 reports, according to the website Downdetector, which tracks website and app outages.
In a private conversation on Signal with about 50 Twitter employees, about 40 said they had decided to leave, according to the former employee.
And in a private Slack group for current and former Twitter employees, about 360 people have joined a new channel called “voluntary-layoffs,” said a person with knowledge of the Slack group.
A separate survey on Blind asked employees to estimate what percentage of people would leave Twitter based on their assumption. More than half of the respondents estimate that at least 50% of the workforce will leave.
Blue hearts and salute emojis flooded Twitter and its internal chatrooms on Thursday, the second time in two weeks that Twitter employees said goodbye.
As of 6 p.m. Eastern, more than two dozen Twitter employees in the United States and Europe had announced their departures in public Twitter posts reviewed by Reuters, although each resignation could not be independently verified.
Earlier Wednesday, Musk emailed Twitter employees, saying: “Going forward, to build a successful Twitter 2.0 and succeed in an increasingly competitive world, we will need to be extremely agile”.
The email asked employees to click “yes” if they wanted to stick around. Those who did not respond by 5 p.m. Eastern Time on Thursday would be considered for stepping down and given severance packages, the email said.
As the deadline approached, the employees were having trouble figuring out what to do.
A team within Twitter decided to take the leap together and leave the company, with one employee leaving Reuters.
In an apparent jab at Musk’s call for employees to be “hardcore,” the Twitter profile bios of several departed engineers on Thursday described themselves as “softcore engineers” or “ex-hardcore engineers.”

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