The day after the ultimatum given by Elon Musk, Twitter departures increased Thursday, November 17, without knowing how many. The new owner of the social network asked employees who survived the first wave of layoffs to choose between giving themselves “absolutely, unconditionally”and left.
According to some American media, hundreds of employees chose to leave. “I may be exceptional, but (…) I’m not unconditional”for example tweeted Andrea Horst, whose LinkedIn profile is still displayed “Supply Chain Manager (survivor) on Twitter”. He added a hashtag “#lovewhereyouworked”meaning “dear where did you work”like many other employees expressing their choice.
According to Zoë Schiffer, journalist for media specialist Platformer, Twitter warned all employees on Thursday afternoon that the offices are temporarily closed and inaccessible, even with a badge.
Thursday evening, many users of the social network, including former collaborators, journalists and analysts, therefore wondered if the end of Twitter was near. “And… we just hit a new peak in Twitter usage, lol”, joked Elon Muskwhich bought the platform for $44 billion on October 27.
He also tweeted a skull pirate flag and a meme (parody image), showing a man with the face of a bluebird, posing in front of a tomb also wearing a bluebird mask, as if Twitter were happily attending its own funeral.
“Building a revolutionary Twitter 2.0”
On Wednesday, Elon Musk individually asked the employees of the social network to work “working long hours at high intensity”, “to build a revolutionary Twitter 2.0 and succeed in an increasingly competitive world”. And to specify:
“Only outstanding performance will get enough marks. »
Employees have until Thursday afternoon to click the box “yes”, under penalty of leaving Twitter with a fee equivalent to three months’ salary. A method that clashes, even in the United States, where labor laws are less protective of employees than in many developed countries.
But in an email Thursday, Musk backtracked on telecommuting, which he has opposed, striking many employees. He informed that, in order to stay, it was necessary “ [leur] the superior is responsible for ensuring that[ils apportent] a great contribution.” Workers are also expected to have “face-to-face meetings with [leurs] colleagues at a reasonable pace, preferably once a week, but at least once a month”.
On Thursday night, anti-Elon Musk messages were displayed in front of Twitter’s headquarters in San Francisco, right next to the company’s logo. For example, you can read “Elon Musk, shut up”, “Stop toxic Twitter” where “Towards Loss”as evidenced by the photos of Gia Vang, a journalist for the local branch of the NBC channel.
Removals after criticism of Elon Musk
Half of the group’s 7,500 employees were laid off by the multi-billionaire two weeks ago, while others left voluntarily in the following days. About 700 employees already resigned during the summer, before the hiring could even be confirmed. Earlier this week, Elon Musk also began firing a small group of engineers who challenged him publicly or on the company’s internal Slack messaging system.
Dozens of current and especially former employees gathered Thursday night at a sspaces, the platform’s audio lounges, to support each other and reminisce. Employees who chose to stay spoke of their unwavering attachment to the social network and their desire to see it survive and even be reborn.
“To all the Tweeps [le surnom des employés de Twitter] who have decided that today is their last day: thank you for being wonderful teammates despite 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.
“Well done to all the workers at Twitter. You’ve created an important place of connection and you deserve better. (…) thank you”, tweeted Democrat-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The new round of outages comes as Twitter prepares for the 2022 World Cup, one of Twitter’s most talked-about events that could potentially overwhelm its systems.