Twitter employees resign en masse after Elon Musk’s ultimatum

Some have tweeted a video with the countdown of their last moments in the company. Dozens have made their farewell messages public on the social network. Many more have said goodbye through the company’s internal messaging tools. The great resignation has arrived on Twitter. Hundreds of employees have rejected Elon Musk’s ultimatum to assume a new corporate culture, which expired on Thursday and have preferred to leave the company, whose staff it was already mediated by the first wave of layoffs. “The best stay, so I’m not super worried,” Musk said.

The billionaire born in Pretoria (South Africa) had sent all the company’s employees a form asking them to commit to working much harder if they wanted to continue in the company: “In the future, to build a groundbreaking Twitter 2.0 and succeed in In an increasingly competitive world, we will have to be extremely tough. This will mean working many hours at high intensity. Only an exceptional performance will constitute a pass ”, said the ultimatum, which was revealed by The Washington Post.

“If you are sure you want to be part of the new Twitter, please click on the link below”, where they had to press a Yes in a form. If they do not do so before 5:00 p.m. Eastern time in the United States (11:00 p.m. Spanish peninsular time), they will be left without a job and receive three months’ severance pay.

The email had the subject “A fork in the road”. Hundreds of Twitter employees have rejected the ultimatum of the company’s new owner and have preferred the exit path. Musk already laid off half of the workforce of approximately 7,500 workers the week after taking control of the company. That was followed by a trickle of new layoffs and resignations, but on Thursday the departure was massive.

On Twitter itself, you can see messages from employees who say goodbye to their work after years in the company. Is there any thread with dozens of them. “I thought my soul was already totally crushed after the last two weeks. He was very wrong. Today has been hard. There will never be a better culture than the one we had. We know. All the other technology companies know this ”, an employee has tweeted, who has used the label like others #LoveWhereYouWorkedI love where you worked, putting the motto that Twitter workers used to use in the past tense.

According to the specialized publication The Verge, the company’s Slack, the internal communication tool, has been filled with farewell messages shortly before the deadline. The abandonment of their posts by hundreds of employees leaves some departments in a critical situation, including the one responsible for moderating content. Advertisers have also fled the social network en masse until we see how it evolves. According to the aforementioned publication, there are employees who have said goodbye who continue to have access to the systems and it is speculated that those who had to terminate them have also resigned.

Musk, 51, had forced employees to return to face-to-face work, but has since loosened his hand, indicating that he will allow those with exceptional performance who prefer it to telecommute, in what appears to be an attempt to contain the leak. of key workers. Musk has tried to convince some of those who had not accepted the ultimatum to stay.

letter of senators

The efficient operation of the network and its systems is at risk due to the loss of employees. In addition, the lack of resources puts compliance with legal and regulatory commitments at risk. Seven Democratic Senators released on Thursday a letter addressed to Lina Khan, president of the Federal Trade Commission, in which they ask her to open an investigation on the matter.

“We write in connection with Twitter’s serious and willful disregard for the safety of its users and encourage the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to investigate any violation of Twitter’s consent decree. [compromisos regulatorios asumidos por la empresa] or other violations of our consumer protection laws”, begins the letter headed by Richard Blumenthal, Senator from Connecticut since 2011.

It reviews the chaos that has accompanied Musk’s landing on the social network: “In recent weeks, the new CEO of Twitter, Elon Musk, has taken alarming measures that have undermined the integrity and security of the platform, and has announced new features despite clear warnings that those changes would be abused to commit fraud, scams, and dangerous impersonations,” he says. And he adds: “By prioritizing increasing profits and cutting costs, Twitter executives have fired key staff, reduced internal privacy reviews and forced engineers to take legal responsibility for new changes. , preventing managers and security and legal compliance personnel from reviewing product updates. In addition, key Twitter executives responsible for the platform’s privacy, cybersecurity and integrity resigned last week, further calling into question whether personal data is adequately protected from misuse or breach as the company explore new products and monetization strategies”, he continues.

The senators cite the increase in racist, sexist and hate messages and the chaotic launch of pay per verification system, that has led impostors to impersonate the president of the United States himself, Joe Biden, senators, other politicians, athletes, personalities and companies. The new subscription service, which costs $7.99 per month (similar figure in euros), has been suspended until the 29th.

Faced with the massive departure of employees, Musk has decided to close the Twitter headquarters in San Francisco, invalidate security passes and deny access to workers until Monday for fear that they could boycott the company, as it already did in the first wave of layoffs. Thursday’s message was reported by Bloomberg: “Hello. Effective immediately, we are temporarily closing our office buildings and suspending access to ID cards. The offices will reopen on Monday, November 21. Thanks for your flexibility. Please continue to comply with company policy by refraining from discussing confidential company information on social media, with the press or anywhere else. We look forward to working with you on the exciting future of Twitter,” he says.

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Twitter employees resign en masse after Elon Musk’s ultimatum