At Twitter, Elon Musk’s ultimatum creates hundreds of departures

DAVID ODISHO/Getty Images via AFP SAN FRANCISCO, CA – NOVEMBER 04: Twitter headquarters stands on Market Street on November 4, 2022 in San Francisco, California. Twitter Inc reportedly began laying off employees across its departments on Friday as new owner Elon Musk is reportedly looking to cut around half of the company’s workforce. David Odisho/Getty Images/AFP (Photo by David Odisho/GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/Getty Images via AFP)

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The headquarters of Twitter in San Francisco, here photographed on November 4, empties after the ultimatum of Elon Musk to its employees.

INTERNET – How many will they stay? The question has arisen at Twitter since Elon Musk issued an ultimatum to the company’s employees. Three weeks after the takeover of the social network, the whimsical billionaire who has already laid off half of the staff has asked the employees who survived the first wave of layoffs to choose between giving themselves up. “thoroughly, unconditionally”and leave.

Since Thursday, November 17, there have been countless messages from employees who choose to leave rather than stay in this environment. “I may be exceptional, but (…) I am not unconditional”for example tweeted Andrea Horst, whose LinkedIn profile still displays “Supply Chain Manager (Survivor) at Twitter”. She added the hashtag “#lovewhereyouworked”that’s to say “Love where you worked”like dozens of other employees announcing their choice on the platform.

According to several American media, hundreds of employees have chosen to leave. Half of the 7,500 employees of the Californian group were already dismissed two weeks ago by the multi-billionaire, and some 700 employees had already resigned during the summer, even before being sure that the acquisition would take place.

Elon Musk quips on the end of Twitter

Thursday evening, many users of the social network, including ex-collaborators, journalists and analysts, therefore wondered if the end of Twitter would be near.

“And…we just hit a new peak in Twitter usage, lol”, quipped Elon Musk, who bought the platform for 44 billion dollars on October 27. He also tweeted a skull and crossbones pirate flag and a meme (parody image), showing a man with a blue bird face, posing in front of a tomb also masked with a blue bird, as if Twitter was hilariously witnessing his own funeral.

On 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 21. Thank you for your flexibility. Please continue to comply with the internal regulations by refraining from discussing confidential information on social networks, with the press or elsewhere”indicates the message.

Anti-Musk messages on the building

Thursday evening, anti-Elon Musk messages were projected on the facade of the company’s headquarters in San Francisco, right next to the logo, whose “Elon Musk, shut up”, “Stop toxic Twitter” Where “Onward to Bankruptcy”from photos by Gia Vang, a reporter for the local branch of NBC.

Dozens of current and especially former employees met Thursday evening in a “Spaces”, the platform’s audio lounges, to support each other and evoke good 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.

“I have no words, I’m just grateful to say that I managed to get my dream job and accomplish more than I ever thought possible. It was a great adventure”tweeted Thursday Deanna Hines-Glasgow, a “Ex-Tweep”the nickname of Twitter employees.

“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, director of product development for the platform, one of the few managers who has neither resigned nor been fired, and who still publicly supports the whimsical leader.

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