Social media giant, Twitter is facing a new crisis at its headquarters which may result in the closing down of the company.
Earlier this week, the firm’s new owner, Elon Musk said employees had to commit to working long hours and would “need to be extremely hardcore” or leave the company.
In an email to staff, Musk said workers should agree to the pledge if they wanted to stay.
The email also stated that employees who refuse to sign the form by 5 pm Eastern on Thursday, November 17th, would be let go and would receive three months of severance pay.
“If you are sure that you want to be part of the new Twitter, please click yes on the link below,” Musk said.
However, after long hours for workers to check “yes” on a Google form accepting Elon Musk’s proposal of working “long hours at high intensity”, it seems a large number of employees have rejected his vision.
In light of this, the firm is on the verge of collapse and losing even more employees following the mass layoffs of engineers and managers who keep the firm running.
Users of the platform have taken to its blogging site to express their concerns and worries.
What’s Happening??— Caption Master 🇵🇰 (@Caption__Master) November 18, 2022
Elon Musk really shut down all Twitter offices after hundreds of employees resigned, so the app shutting down is actually quite possible. #RIPTwitter #GoodByeTwitter #TwitterDown pic.twitter.com/yU01Bq9be2
🚨Twitter employees say given the scale of the resignations this week, they expect the platform to start breaking soon. Some “legendary engineers” have reportedly left one by one.— Kenneth Awotwe Darko (@TheKennethDarko) November 18, 2022
Users are already bidding their farewells via #RIPTwitter. pic.twitter.com/Z8ZJDuR0ys
Musk turned one of the biggest sites on the internet into a crater within a month.— Michael Swartz (@Maswartz226) November 18, 2022
I never want to hear anyone call him other than a dipshit ever again.
Shout out to all the workers at Twitter. You all built a vital place for connection and deserved so much better.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) November 18, 2022
Millions of people appreciate the space you built and the hard work that went into it. Thank you 💙
Other comments making waves on Twitter are of the belief that the micro-blogging site will survive amidst the mass cut.
I swear to god, if Twitter shuts down, we at LazytSpo is gonna to be dissapointed. for the love of god, please save Twitter altogether, because otherwise, it will be game over for Twitter. #RIPTwitter 😭😭😭— LazytSpo (@LazytSpo) November 18, 2022
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It is not clear exactly how many employees opted for severance pay. But reports say the number was in the hundreds.
On Twitter, dozens of Twitter employees who earlier survived the initial round of layoffs tweeted farewell messages.
“We’re all about to get fired,” one person said.
It’s been a ride pic.twitter.com/0VDf5hn2UA— Matt Miller (@brainiaq2000) November 17, 2022
Meanwhile, Elon Musk is deeply concerned about how many remaining employees could leave the company.
The departures of the employees raise new questions about whether the remaining Twitter engineers will be able to reliably keep the service up and running.
Twitter no longer has communications staff, but Musk so far hasn’t publicly commented on the resignations.
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