Elon Musk: Twitter is closing its offices amid reports of massive layoffs

Elon Musk: Twitter is closing its offices amid reports of massive layoffs
Elon Musk: Twitter is closing its offices amid reports of massive layoffs

Elon Musk: Twitter is closing its offices amid reports of massive layoffs

  • James Clayton – San Francisco and Peter Hoskins – Singapore
  • BBC News

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The social network platform “Twitter” informed its employees that the company’s office buildings will be temporarily closed and this decision will take effect immediately.

In a letter from the BBC, the company told workers the offices would open on Monday November 21.

The company did not give a reason for the move.

The announcement comes amid reports of a large number of employees quitting after new owner Elon Musk demanded they work “long hours and high intensity” or leave the company.

“Please continue to comply with company policy not to discuss confidential company information on social media, the press or elsewhere,” the company’s letter said.

Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment from the BBC.

This week, Musk told Twitter employees that they had to commit to long hours and “be very dedicated” or leave the company, reports said.

In an email to employees, the company’s new owner said the workers would have to agree to the pledge if they wanted to stay, the Washington Post reported.

Musk said those who don’t agree to the pledge by Thursday, Nov. 17 will receive three months’ severance pay.

Earlier this month, the company announced it would reduce its workforce by up to 50 percent.

The company’s announcement today that it is temporarily closing its offices comes amid signs that scores of employees have since resigned because they did not accept Musk’s new terms.

Employees tweet #IloveYourWorkplace with a greeting emoji to show they’re leaving the company.

A former Twitter worker, who asked not to be identified, told the BBC: “I think if the dust settles today it might turn out that there are fewer than 2,000 people left.”

He found that all members of his team had left the company.

“The manager of that team and his manager are gone. Then the manager of that manager is gone too,” he said. “The person who was in a higher position was one of the executives who got fired on day one. So, there’s nobody left in that chain of command.”

Before Musk took over the company, it had about 7,500 employees. The company has also reportedly hired thousands of contract workers and it is understood the company has since laid off most of them.

Another person said he quit despite his willingness to work late.

“I didn’t want to work with someone who emailed us multiple times about who should work here, even though I’m already working 60-70 hours a week,” he said.

He became the world’s richest person, chief executive of Twitter after buying the company for $44 billion (£37 billion) last month.

In response to a question about concerns that Twitter was about to shut down after the company sent a message about closing its offices, Musk released a tweet saying, “The best people insist, so I’ll do it.” no worries too much.”

In separate posts, Musk posted a skull and crossbones emoji and a picture of a grave with the Twitter logo on it.

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Musk posted a skull emoji and a picture of a grave with the Twitter logo on it


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