Cascade of departures from Twitter after Elon Musk’s ultimatum

Half of the group’s 7,500 employees were already fired two weeks ago by the multi-billionaire after the social network repurchased.

Departures multiplied at Twitter on Thursday, the day after an ultimatum from Elon Musk, who asked employees who survived the first wave of layoffs to choose between giving themselves “fully, unconditionally”, and leaving.

“I may be exceptional, but (…) I’m not unconditional”, for example tweeted Andrea Horst, whose LinkedIn profile still displays “Supply chain manager (survivor) at Twitter”.

According to Zoƫ Schiffer, specialist media journalist PlatformerTwitter warned all employees on Thursday afternoon that the offices were temporarily closed and inaccessible, even with a badge.

On Wednesday, Elon Musk, owner and boss of Twitter for three weeks, asked employees of the social network individually to commit to “working long hours at high intensity”, “to build a revolutionary Twitter 2.0 and to succeed in a world of increasingly competitive”.

“I have no words”

Employees had until Thursday afternoon to click on the “yes” box, under penalty of having to leave Twitter with compensation corresponding to three months’ salary. A method that clashes even in the United States, where labor law is less protective of employees than in many developed countries.

“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’s been a great adventure,” said tweeted Deanna Hines-Glasgow, who was director of customer relations at Twitter, on Thursday.

It is defined as “Ex Tweep”, the nickname of Twitter employees, and “Blackbird”, the name of the support group for African-American employees of the Californian company.

“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 of his side 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 new leader.

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