Following allegations of multiple resignations, Twitter may be in chaos. This follows Musk’s demand to the staff of Twitter to follow a more “extremely hardcore” workload.
Staff at Twitter rejects Musk's "long hours, high intensity" vision
Musk had sent an email to the staff of Twitter early on Wednesday morning with the following message: “Going forward, to build a breakthrough Twitter 2.0 and succeed in an increasingly competitive market, we will need to be incredibly hardcore.”
Hundreds staff at Twitter are reportedly quitting the company as a result of Elon Musk‘s ultimatum that staff members commit to longer hours and a more demanding task. Anyone who doesn’t respond or declines to respond to the company-wide email will be viewed as having left and awarded a severance payment.
The hashtags #RIPTwitter, #TwitterDown, Mastodon, and Myspace were all trending on the platform after Musk’s deadline for the remaining staff to sign up for “long hours at high intensity” by Thursday passed. Musk had given the staff at Twitter the choice to do so or quit. After Musk’s takeover of Twitter last month, the surviving workforce was reportedly reduced by hundreds, from 7,500 to about 3,750, and many of them chose to leave.
As they attempted to encourage their followers on other social media platforms to stay in touch, users started to post their goodbyes to the app. Because they can no longer freely and discreetly express their emotions, other users are upset about the app’s closure.
180 people responded to a poll on the business app Blind, and 42 percent said they were “taking the exit option, I’m free,” 25 percent said they were “reluctantly staying,” and 7 percent said they “clicked yes to stay, I’m hardcore.” Blind checks each respondent’s response against their work emails to ensure its accuracy. However, responses are still posted anonymously.
Although it’s unclear how many staff at Twitter have opted to stay, the statistics show that some employees are reluctant to be in a business where Musk has swiftly fired half the workforce, including top management, and is ruthlessly reshaping the culture to stress long hours and a fast pace.
Many of the engineers who are in charge of repairing bugs and preventing service outages have left, raising concerns about the stability of the platform in light of the loss of employees and sparking rushed discussions among managers about who should be asked to return, according to current and staff at Twitter.
Additionally, rumors of Musk organizing discussions to persuade Twitter’s executive team to stay emerged. It is anticipated that more than 50% staff of Twitter will quit the organization. Twitter apparently locked its offices and turned off credential access from Thursday night until Monday.
Online users predicted that the website would fall offline in a matter of hours or days. More than 50% of Twitter’s 500,000 data center servers are allegedly running outdated software or have other known security flaws, according to Peiter Zatko, the company’s former head of security, who filed a whistleblower complaint in July, warning of subpar infrastructure standards at the company even before Musk’s takeover.
Musk continued to tweet despite the tension. Last Friday, he published memes ridiculing the platform’s anticipated collapse and claimed the Twitter usage was at an “all-time high”—a development he attributed to media coverage of Twitter.
Tweets from staff at Twitter announcing their departure from the organization swamped Twitter. Due to this, blue hearts and salute emojis also became popular. Tess Rinearson, who is in charge of Twitter’s cryptocurrency team, sent out a final message with a blue heart and a salute emoji.
By 6 p.m. EST, more than a dozen of staff at Twitter from throughout the US and Europe had announced their resignation in posts that were seen by Reuters on the app, though it was impossible to independently verify each resignation.
By updating their bios to include the titles of “softcore engineers” or “ex-hardcore engineers,” former Twitter employees also poked fun at Musk’s push for a harder workplace culture.