More Twitter workers flee after Musk’s ‘hardcore’ ultimatum

Twitter continued to bleed engineers and other workers dry Thursday after new owner Elon Musk gave them the choice to commit to “hardcore” work or quit with severance pay.

Some took to Twitter to announce they would be unsubscribing after Mr Musk’s deadline to make the promise.

A number of employees went to a private forum outside of the company’s news forum to discuss their planned departure and ask questions about how it might jeopardize their U.S. visas or whether they would receive the promised severance pay, according to an earlier this week Fired employee spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals.

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Elon Musk, the new owner of Twitter and Tesla CEO, gave employees the choice to commit to “hardcore” work or quit with severance pay (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

While it’s not clear how many of Twitter’s already decimated staff have taken up its offer, the latest round of departures means the platform continues to shed employees as it prepares for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

It’s one of the busiest events on Twitter, which can overwhelm its systems when things go haywire.

“To all the tweeps who decided to make today their last day: thank you for being incredible teammates through the ups and downs. Can’t wait to see what you do next,” tweeted one employee, Esther Crawford, who remains at the company and has been working on overhauling the platform’s verification system.

Since acquiring Twitter less than three weeks ago, Mr. Musk has fired half of the company’s 7,500 full-time employees and a untold number of contractors responsible for moderating content and other vital duties.

He fired top executives on his first day as Twitter owner, while others voluntarily left in the days that followed. Earlier this week, he began firing a small group of engineers who got into trouble with him publicly or on the company’s Slack messaging system.

Then Mr. Musk sent an email to the remaining employees of Twitter overnight on Wednesday, saying that it is essentially a software and server company and he asked employees to decide by Thursday evening if they want to remain part of the company.

Mr Musk wrote that to build “a breakthrough Twitter 2.0” employees will need “extreme tenacity” and that it will take long hours of high intensity to succeed.

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Since taking over Twitter less than three weeks ago, Mr. Musk has laid off half of the company’s 7,500 full-time employees and a untold number of contractors (Stephen Lam/San Francisco Chronicle/AP).

But in an email on Thursday, Mr Musk backtracked when he insisted everyone should work from the office. His initial reluctance to work remotely had alienated many employees who survived the layoffs.

He softened his earlier tone in an email to employees, writing that “anything that goes for approval requires your manager to take accountability for making you an excellent contributor.”

Workers are also expected to “have face-to-face meetings with their colleagues at a reasonable frequency, ideally weekly but no less than once a month”.

Twitter didn’t respond to a message asking for comment.

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