Twitter employees resign in a mass protest in response to the Elon Musk “hardcore” ultimatum as offices also close.
Earlier this week, billionaire tycoon and now the owner of Twitter following a $44 billion takeover, reportedly sent employees an ultimatum via email. The email suggested to employees that they either get on board the “extremely hardcore Twitter” or risk being sacked.
Twitter employees respond in force
Furthermore, the email reportedly suggested that overtime crunch hours would be enforced and employees were instructed to click a link to confirm whether or not they wanted to be part of the new Twitter regime. A deadline of November 17th to make a decision was also set.
However, in the link was apparently the option to either agree or resign. If employees chose to resign, they would voluntarily terminate their employment but would walk away with a three-month severance package. Well, it seems that the severance package may have been too much of a good offer to turn down.
As reported by The Verge and New York Times (thanks IGN), employees of Twitter reportedly began saying their goodbyes to fellow co-workers, which is also described as an “avalanche of salute emojis”.
Zoë Schiffer of tech media news outlet Platform reported that Twitter office buildings were closed and access badges were suspended. At the time, no explanation was given.
However, Schiffer later reported that Elon Musk and his close employees were paranoid that existing staff would attempt to sabotage the company. This was reportedly the reason why access was denied.
Schiffer later tweeted that while no staff have been deactivated as of yet, Musk and co were still going through the list of employees that wanted to stay with the company.
It was also reported that Twitter offices will reopen on November 21st and in the meantime, all employees must: “continue to comply with company policy by refraining from discussing confidential company information on social media, with the press or elsewhere.”
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