New cascade of departures from Twitter after Elon Musk’s ultimatum

As their new boss asked them to “go all out or leave”, many employees will choose the second option on Thursday, raising fears for the stability of the platform in the coming days.

Twitter departures increased Thursday, November 17, the day after an ultimatum from Elon Musk, who asked employees who survived the first wave of layoffs to choose between giving themselves up. “absolutely, unconditionally”or leave (“Commit to a new “hardcore” Twitter or leave”). “I may be exceptional, but (…) I’m not unconditional” (“hardcore”for example tweeted Andrea Horst, whose LinkedIn profile is still displayed “Supply Chain Manager (survived) on Twitter». He added the hashtag “#lovewhereyouworked” ie “dear where you worked”, like many other employees expressing their choice. The Twitter profile biographies of some departing engineers on Thursday described them as “softcore engineers” or “hardcore ex-engineers,” in a nod to their new boss. An entire team has decided to band together and leave the company, a departing employee told Reuters.

The numbers for this new wave of departures are not yet known, but in a survey by the Blind work app, which authenticates employees through their work email address and allows them to share information anonymously, 42% of the 180 respondents chose an answer “Take the exit option, I’m free!” A quarter say they chose to stay “don’t want”and only 7% of respondents say they have “clicked yes to stay, I am unconditional”. In a private conversation at Signal with about 50 Twitter employees, about 40 said they had decided to leave, according to a former employee. And in a private Slack group for current and former Twitter employees, about 360 people joined a new channel titled “voluntary dismissal”. A separate Blind survey asked staff members to estimate the percentage of people who would leave Twitter based on their perception. More than half of respondents estimated that at least 50% of employees would leave.

Blue hearts and hello emojis flooded Twitter on Thursday, the second time in two weeks that blue bird network employees said goodbye. As of 6 p.m. EST, more than two dozen employees across the United States and Europe announced their departures in Twitter posts reviewed by Reuters, though each of his resignations went unnoticed.

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An unknown employee

According to Zoë Schiffer, a journalist with specialized media Platformer, Twitter warned all employees on Thursday afternoon that the offices in San Francisco, California, are temporarily closed and cannot be accessed, even with a badge. According to an inside source, security guards began evicting employees from the office on Thursday evening. The social network, which has lost several members of its communications team, did not respond to a request for comment from Reuters. The new startups include multiple engineers tasked with fixing bugs and preventing service outages, raising questions about the stability of the platform in the coming days. Thursday evening, the version of the Twitter application used by employees began to slow down, according to a source familiar with the matter, who estimated that the public version of Twitter may not last overnight. “If it breaks, there’s nothing left to fix in many places”said this person, who declined to be named for fear of retaliation.

On Wednesday, Elon Musk, owner and boss of Twitter for three weeks, asked the employees of the social network individually to commit to “working long hours at high intensity”, “to build a revolutionary Twitter 2.0 and succeed in an increasingly competitive world”. “Only an exceptional performance will have enough marks”, he said in this internal letter consulted by AFP. Employees have until Thursday afternoon to click the box “yes”, under penalty of leaving Twitter with a fee equivalent to three months’ salary. An approach that is controversial even in the United States, where labor laws are less protective of employees than in many developed countries.

“It was a great adventure”

Half of the group’s 7,500 employees were laid off two weeks ago by the multi-billionaire. “I have no words, I’m just grateful to be able to say that I got my dream job and achieved more than I thought possible. It’s been a great adventure”, Deanna Hines-Glasgow, director of customer relations at Twitter, tweeted Thursday, according to her LinkedIn profile. He referred to himself as “Ex Tweep”, the nickname of Twitter employees, and “Blackbird”, the name of a support group for African-American employees of the California company.

“To all the Tweeps who have decided today is their last day: thank you for being amazing teammates through the ups and downs. I can’t wait to see what you do next.”said Esther Crawford, director of product development for the platform, one of the few managers who didn’t resign or get fired, and who still publicly supports the new leader.

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