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Twitter offices are temporarily closing once again, and employees' badge access have been suspended until Monday, Nov. 21, sources told Reuters.
Security officers have even gone to the extent of kicking employees out of the office on Thursday evening, Nov. 17, 2022.
Media reports suggest the closure was done out of fear that departing employees might engage in sabotage.
NEW: Twitter just alerted employees that effective immediately, all office buildings are temporarily closed and badge access is suspended. No details given as to why.— Zoë Schiffer (@ZoeSchiffer) November 17, 2022
This comes after a new wave of Twitter employees have resigned, following an ultimatum issued by Elon Musk on Nov. 16, 2022.
Musk sent out an email titled, "A Fork in the Road", to the remaining employees of Twitter.
It said in order to build "a breakthrough Twitter 2.0 and succeed in an increasingly competitive world", employees are required to be "extremely hardcore".
Musk went on to say that "only exceptional performance will constitute a passing grade".
This meant that employees were meant to work "long hours at high intensity" or leave the company.
Those who leave will be given a three-month severance package.
Let that sink in
It is unclear how many employees chose to stay, but the estimate is hundreds of Twitter employees chose to leave the company.
In a poll on Blind, the workplace app that verifies employees through their work email address and shares information anonymously, 42 per cent of 180 chose the answer, "Taking exit option, I'm free!", reported Reuters.
A quarter said they have "reluctantly" chosen to stay, while only 7 per cent of the poll participants said they "clicked yes to stay, I'm hardcore".
Musk is not worried about his employees leaving.
In fact, he tweeted that he was not worried about resignations as "the best people are staying" and that Twitter is facing an "all-time high in Twitter usage".
The best people are staying, so I’m not super worried— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 18, 2022
And … we just hit another all-time high in Twitter usage lol— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 18, 2022
According to one of Reuters' sources, Musk is working with top employees to try and convince them to stay.
However, in an email to staff on Nov. 17, Musk appeared to have softened his earlier tone, writing that "all that is required for approval is that your manager takes responsibility for ensuring you are making an excellent contribution".
Workers would also be expected to have "in-person meetings with your colleagues on a reasonable cadence, ideally weekly, but not less than once per month".
With the new wave of resignations from Twitter employees, Twitter may break.
One source told Reuters that the Twitter platform used by employees began to slow down on Nov. 17.
It is estimated that the public version of Twitter is at risk of breaking during the night (on Nov. 18, Singapore time).
Reports of Twitter outages have also risen from less than 50 to 350 reports.
"If it does break, there is no one left to fix things in many areas," one person told Reuters.
#RIPTwitter is currently trending in Singapore on Twitter.
Calling out Musk
With the Twitter offices in San Fransico closed, someone took to the skies and projected multiple messages on the side of the Twitter headquarters.
A scrolling message outside Twitter's San Francisco headquarters has called @elonmusk a "lawless oligarch, space Karen, mediocre manchild, worthless billionaire" and more @6NewsAU pic.twitter.com/PyXz0YaZmF— Leonardo Puglisi (@Leo_Puglisi6) November 18, 2022
These messages were allegedly projected by someone who calls himself a "projection activist".
More: pic.twitter.com/LZmqyxceSV— Gia Vang (@Gia_Vang) November 18, 2022
Mothership has reached out to Twitter Singapore for comments.
Top photos from Pixabay and Musk's Twitter
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