Twitter hit with mass resignations after Elon Musk’s ‘hardcore’ request
Elon Musk is now facing a new crisis at Twitter as a wave of employees seemed to reject his ultimatum of an “extremely hardcore” Twitter 2.0 or leave the company.
Hours after a deadline for workers to check “yes” on a Google form accepting “long hours at high intensity, it seems a large number of employees have rejected Musk’s vision.
Exactly how many employees opted for severance over remaining at Twitter isn’t yet clear.The New York Times reported the number was in the “hundreds,” while other early reports suggest the number could be much higher.
The departures come after Musk already cut 50 percent of Twitter’s jobs in mass layoffs.
Twitter hit with mass resignations after Elon Musk’s ‘hardcore’ injunction
Numerous Twitter employees who had avoided the original round of layoffs posted their goodbyes on the social media platform.
One employee posted a video of a group of Twitter employees counting down to Musk’s deadline of 5 p.m. ET on Twitter. He declared, “We’re all about to lose our jobs.”
Others used Twitter to make references to Musk’s ideologies. Musk had stated that “only extraordinary achievement would constitute a passing grade” in his message on Wednesday morning.
Musk reportedly became anxious about how many workers might quit the company as the deadline drew near.
He tried to take back some of his earlier remarks that prohibited all remote work in a new memo, but he still threatened to remove managers if the remote workers on their teams weren’t functioning.
The concession, however, doesn’t seem to have satisfied many Twitter users. Thursday’s article by Platformer’s Zoe Schiffer stated that Twitter would be restricting access to its offices for a few days as an added measure since Musk and his aides were having trouble determining exactly how many staff had declined to check the “yes” box on his Google form.
The departures raise additional concerns about the ability of the remaining Twitter developers to dependable maintain the site. With the World Cup starting in a few days, current and former employees are already predicting that the most recent exodus may further jeopardize Twitter’s capacity to operate.
Twitter no longer has a communications team, but Musk hasn’t made any official comments on the departures to date.