Elon Musk gives Twitter employees an ultimatum: accept overwork or leave | DW | 16.11.2022

Elon Musk has asked Twitter employees to decide by Thursday afternoon whether they want to remain part of the consortium, according to an email sent by the company’s new owner to his staff. Musk wrote that employees “will have to be extremely tough” to build “a breakthrough on Twitter 2.0” and that they will need to work long, high-intensity hours to succeed.

Musk, who also runs Tesla and SpaceX, said Twitter will be much more engineering-oriented, with the majority of the company made up of employees tasked with writing programming code. The billionaire, who completed the $44 billion acquisition of the San Francisco company in late October, laid off much of his full-time workforce via email earlier this month and is expected to cut more positions. of employment among those responsible for combating disinformation and other harmful content. Several engineers also said on Twitter that they were fired this week after criticizing Musk, either publicly on Twitter or on an internal message board for Twitter employees.

Ultimatum by email

Musk has promised to ease restrictions on what users can say on the platform. While he has been criticized from almost all sides for potentially opening Twitter’s doors to hate and other harmful speech, the entrepreneur has also tried to convince advertisers, who generate the bulk of the social platform’s revenue, that they any changes to the rules will not harm their brands.

Musk also indicated that he plans to resume Twitter’s premium service, which awards blue “verification” tags to anyone willing to pay $8 a month. The billionaire said in a tweet that the relaunch would take place later this month, in an effort to ensure the service is “rock solid.” Musk asked workers to respond in the email if they wanted to be a part of the “new Twitter.” He said the employees had until Thursday to respond to the link. Those who do not respond will receive three months of settlement, according to the email. “Whatever decision you make, thank you for your efforts to make Twitter a success,” Musk wrote.

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Elon Musk gives Twitter employees an ultimatum: accept overwork or leave | DW | 16.11.2022