Twitter’s new owner, Elon Musk, continues to deal new blows to employees. Late at night on November 16th, the recruits received an email: become part of the new “Hardcore Twitter” or leave it.
According to an email published by the Washington Post, the billionaire told employees that going forward, work at Twitter will be harder. Presumably, this means working with a heavier workload for more hours and maximum engagement. Employees who agreed to the terms had to confirm it by going to the link and filling out the document.
Those who don’t like Musk’s vision must leave the company within three months. The new leader set 5 o’clock on November 17 as the final deadline for making a decision.
Here’s the text of the email Musk sent to Twitter staff overnight.
Those who don’t commit to being “extremely hardcore” by 5pm ET today must leave the company. ‼️
— Donie O'Sullivan (@donie) November 16, 2022
Gizmodo reached out to Twitter for comment, but did not receive a response. After the cuts, the company no longer has a communications department.
Despite cutting Twitter’s workforce in half, Musk plans to fire anyone who criticizes or disagrees with the company. On November 15, the new CEO dismissed the employees from the company due to opposition.
When the laid-off employees complained, Musk sarcastically replied on Twitter that “these geniuses will have their knowledge and limitless talents put to good use elsewhere.”
Tuesday wasn’t the only time Musk put down a “rebellion.” A day earlier, the billionaire fired Eric Fraunhofer, a programmer who spent more than 8 years at Twitter, from the company with a single tweet. The reason for the decision was a dispute related to the work of the platform. Musk later deleted the tweet, but users still managed to find it.
Before the first round of layoffs, employees were reminding each other to keep their heads down and out of the way of Musk.
If they got laid off, they'd get severance. But if they pushed back against Elon? They'd get fired. No severance.
Very normal work environment. pic.twitter.com/o9dQAHJCPn
— Ben Collins (@oneunderscore__) November 14, 2022
It is likely that the situation in the company will not be resolved soon, and the layoffs cause especially big problems for people whose visas are related to employment.
According to The Guardian, the company is in chaos as hundreds of employees have decided to leave the company after Musk’s ultimatum. The company’s offices were closed until Monday, the Twitter app slowed down and users feared the platform could be shut down in the coming hours or days as a large number of programmers responsible for the social network’s maintenance decided to leave.
NEW: Twitter just alerted employees that effective immediately, all office buildings are temporarily closed and badge access is suspended. No details given as to why.
— Zoë Schiffer (@ZoeSchiffer) November 17, 2022