After Elon Musk’s ultimatum, Twitter employees start exiting

Nov 18 (Reuters) – Hundreds of Twitter workers are thought to have decided to leave the beleaguered social media company after new boss Elon Musk announced on Thursday that staff would be “long-term at high intensity”. ” Sign or leave.

The departures underscore the desire of Twitter’s 3,000 or so employees to stay at a company where Musk has already laid off half the workforce, including top management, and is aggressively changing the culture to include long hours and Emphasize intense speed.

Musk took to Twitter late Thursday to say he wasn’t worried about resigning because “the best people stay.”

The billionaire owner also added: “We just got another spike in Twitter usage…” without elaborating.

Musk met with several senior employees on Thursday to convince them to stay, said a current employee and a recently fired employee who contacted Twitter colleagues.

The company also notified employees that it will close its offices and reduce badge access until Monday, according to two sources. A source said, security officers started evicting some employees from an office on Thursday evening.

More than 110 Twitter employees on at least four continents announced their decision in public Twitter posts reviewed by Reuters, although each resignation could not be independently confirmed. About 15 employees, mostly in advertising sales, announced their intention to stay at the company.

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On Twitter’s internal chat tool, more than 500 employees wrote goodbye messages on Thursday, a source familiar with the notes said.

In a survey on a workplace app that authenticates employees by their email address and allows them to share information anonymously, 42% of 180 respondents said, “Having the option to opt out, I’m free! “

A quarter said they chose to stay “interested” and only 7% of survey participants said they “clicked yes to stay, I’m tough.”

The exact number of employees who intend to leave the company could not be immediately established.

Twitter did not respond to a request for comment.

Platform stability

The departure includes many engineers responsible for fixing bugs and preventing service outages, raising questions about the stability of the platform amid the loss of staff.

An image of Elon Musk and the Twitter logo are seen through a magnifier in this photo taken on Nov. 4, 2022. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo

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 crashing overnight. face was

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

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Reports of Twitter outages rose sharply from less than 50 on Thursday evening to more than 350 reports, according to the website Downdetector, which tracks website and app outages.

In private conversations with about 50 Twitter employees at Signal, about 40 said they had decided to quit, according to a 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,” a person with knowledge of the Slack group said.

A separate poll on the blind asked employees to estimate what percentage of people would leave Twitter based on their sight. More than half of respondents estimated that at least 50% of employees would leave.

Earlier Wednesday, Musk sent an email to Twitter employees saying: “Going forward, to build Twitter 2.0 and succeed in an increasingly competitive world, we will need to be very aggressive.” .

The email asked employees to click “yes” if they wanted to stick around. Those who don’t respond by 5 p.m. ET on Thursday will be considered for a quit and severance package, the email said.

As the deadline approached, the staff scrambled to figure out what to do.

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A group at Twitter decided to jump together and leave the company, an employee who left told Reuters.

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

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

In an apparent call for Musk’s employees to “work harder,” the Twitter profile bios of several departing engineers on Thursday described themselves as “soft core engineers” or “former hard engineers.”

As the resignations emerged, Musk cracked jokes on Twitter.

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

Reporting by Sheila Dong in Dallas, Hyunjo Jin in San Francisco and Presh Dave in Oakland, Calif.; Additional reporting by Martin Coulter and Akansha Khushi; Editing by Sam Holmes and Mark Potter

Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.

Paresh Dayo

Thomson Reuters

San Francisco Bay Area-based technology reporter covering Google and the rest of Alphabet Inc. Joined Reuters in 2017 after four years at the Los Angeles Times focusing on the local tech industry.


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