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Widespread Protests Strike Twitter, Elon Musk ‘Temporarily Closes’ Offices

Most of Twitter's senior management was recently sacked in front of the public

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Russell Chattaraj
Russell Chattaraj
Mechanical engineering graduate, writes about science, technology and sports, teaching physics and mathematics, also played cricket professionally and passionate about bodybuilding.

UNITED STATES: According to reports, hundreds of employees of Elon Musk’s Twitter quit on Thursday before the deadline for the new owner’s “ultimatum” to commit to a “hardcore” working environment.

A day after Musk delivered his ultimatum, staff, including engineers, announced their departure, flooding the company’s internal chat rooms with farewell messages and salute emojis.

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According to a source memo, Twitter closed its headquarters till Monday as many staff decided to quit to prevent uncertainty over who still has access to the business’s property.

It is unknown how many workers are part of the mass exodus, but three Twitter employees shared their intention to leave the company while citing apprehension over professional reprisals.

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“Whole teams are representing crucial infrastructure are voluntarily leaving the organization, seriously jeopardising its ability to bounce back. Elon has given us no reasons to stay and plenty of reasons to quit because we are skilled professionals with multiple options,” explained the engineer.

By the end of the day on Thursday, the staff had to complete the online form; otherwise, they had to resign and accept a three-month severance package.

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From multiple sources, it was evident that there was little activity on Twitter’s internal Slack chat system because Musk’s team had spent days reviewing tweets or messages that were critical of him or his decision to terminate approximately two dozen employees.

About 3,700 staff were expected to be let go by the billionaire in his first week in office. Most of Twitter’s senior management was recently sacked in front of the public, as were engineers who disagreed with his actions.

Since his $44 billion acquisition last month, the Tesla owner has asserted that Twitter may go bankrupt if it doesn’t start producing more cash.

As of now, Musk has informed staff members to expect 80-hour work weeks, no free meals, and several modifications to the company’s work-from-home policy.

Also Read: Elon Musk: Chief Twit is Working Day in and Day out to Make Changes to Twitter

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  • Russell Chattaraj

    Mechanical engineering graduate, writes about science, technology and sports, teaching physics and mathematics, also played cricket professionally and passionate about bodybuilding.

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