Twitter headquarters in San Francisco. According to insiders, Elon Musk and his management team feared sabotage by disaffected employees.Image: keystone
Hundreds of employees are said to have left Twitter after the new boss gave them a deadline. Then suddenly it was no longer possible to access even with a company badge.
18/11/2022, 06:4518/11/2022, 08:14
There is no peace on Twitter: after Elon Musk sent an ultimatum to the remaining employees, a number of employees have apparently quit.
“Spectator Index” and tech insider service Platformer are reporting that Twitter has closed its San Francisco offices and employees are no longer allowed to enter.
We hear that Elon Musk and his team are afraid that employees are sabotaging the company. They’re also still trying to figure out which Twitter employees to remove access to.”
Update: Meanwhile, an alleged Twitter employee who claimed to be responsible for access permissions caused confusion.
Elon just called me and asked if I could come back to help them regain access to HQ because they turned off all the badges and accidentally locked themselves out.”
This is a parody account, and Twitter apparently displays a warning with the tweet in question that it is a joke.
Musk gave Twitter workers a choice of working longer and harder or leaving the company. Those who leave will receive three months’ salary. To be successful, “we’re going to have to be extremely hardcore,” he explained.
Musk recently laid off nearly half of the messaging service’s staff. The New York Times (NYT) reported that hundreds of resignations had been received shortly before Musk’s deadline at 5:00 p.m. local time. This was also confirmed by the technical website The Verge, which referred to internal messages on Slack.
According to Reuters, there are early signs of a mass exodus of the workforce. According to a survey by the site, which measures employee satisfaction, 42 percent of Twitter’s 180 employees said they wanted to leave the company.
“Elon Musk’s ‘Blue Verified’ project lead designers and lead web engineer are gone. Many Twitter employees who looked after critical infrastructure resigned. Society will look completely different tomorrow.”
According to Zoë Schiffer, Twitter employees were informed:
Offices will reopen on November 21st. In the meantime, “Please continue to comply with company policy by refraining from discussing confidential company information on social media, in the press or elsewhere.”
Musk and his advisers met with executives to prevent the outflow, according to the NYT. He sent vague emails about the possibility of working from home. Shortly after the acquisition, Musk announced that he would cancel the home office option. There was resistance from the employees and even a lawsuit was filed.
Twitter itself has yet to comment — presumably because Musk recently closed its press department.
Musk, the boss and co-owner of Tesla and SpaceX, has kept a low profile so far. He simply wrote on Twitter: “How to make a small fortune on social media? Start big.” The multi-billionaire (along with financially powerful investors) paid roughly $44 billion to acquire the company.
authority should check
The entrepreneur faces difficulties even from the official side. Seven senators have called on the US Consumer Protection Agency (FTC) to review recent operations on Twitter.
The company is proceeding without regard for users, the Democrats said in a letter to FTC Chairwoman Lina Khan on Thursday. “Over the past several weeks, Twitter’s new CEO Elon Musk has taken alarming steps that have undermined the integrity and security of the platform,” they wrote.
The FTC should also investigate whether the Tesla boss violated the agreement reached with the agency in May.
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