After Elon Musk’s ultimatum, removals from Twitter increase

According to several American media, hundreds of employees chose to leave Twitter after Elon Musk’s ultimatum.

She added the hashtag “#lovewhereyouworked”, i.e. “Love the place where you work”, like dozens of other employees announcing their choice on the platform.

According to several American media, hundreds of employees opted out.

Half of the 7,500 employees of the Californian group have already been fired two weeks ago by the multibillionaire, and about 700 employees had already resigned during the summer, even before being sure that the acquisition would happen.

On Thursday night, many users of the social network, including former collaborators, journalists and analysts, wondered if the end of Twitter was near.

“And… we just hit a new peak in Twitter usage lol,” quipped Elon Musk, who bought the platform for $44 billion on Oct. 27.

He also tweeted a pirate flag with a skull and crossbones and a meme (parody image), showing a man with the face of a bluebird, posing in front of a tomb also masked with a bluebird, as if Twitter was hilariously witnessing your own funeral.

closed offices

This Thursday afternoon, Twitter warned all employees that the company’s buildings were temporarily closed and inaccessible, even with a badge, according to an internal letter published by several American media.

“The offices will reopen on Monday, November 21st. Thanks for your flexibility. Please continue to abide by the house rules by refraining from discussing confidential information on social media, with the press or elsewhere,” the message read.

On Wednesday, Elon Musk asked individual social network employees 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 be worth a sufficient grade”, he specified in this internal letter consulted by AFP.

Employees had until Thursday afternoon to click on the “yes” box, otherwise they would have to leave Twitter with compensation corresponding to three months of salary.

A method that conflicts even in the United States, where labor legislation protects employees less than in many developed countries.

On Thursday night, anti-Elon Musk messages were projected onto the facade of the company’s San Francisco headquarters, right next to the logo, including “Elon Musk, shut up,” “Stop toxic Twitter” or “Em facing bankruptcy,” according to photos by Gia Vang, a reporter for the local NBC channel.

“A Great Adventure”

Dozens of current and mostly former employees gathered Thursday night in “Spaces”, the platform’s audio lounges, to support each other and evoke fond memories.

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.

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“Congratulations to all Twitter employees. You built a vital place of connection and you deserved so much more. (…) Thank you,” tweeted Democrat-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

“I have no words, I just have to thank you for getting the job of my dreams and accomplishing more than I ever thought possible. It’s been a great ride,” tweeted Deanna Hines-Glasgow, an “Ex Tweep,” the nickname of Twitter employees, on Thursday.

“To all the Tweeps who have decided that today will be their last day: thank you for being amazing colleagues through the ups and downs. I can’t wait to see what you do next,” said Esther Crawford, the platform’s director of product development, one of the few managers who has neither quit nor been fired and who still publicly supports the capricious leader.

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