Elon Musk has given the remaining Twitter employees until tonight to decide if they want to stay with the company. Anyone who doesn’t want to be part of the “new Twitter” will be fired.
In an email to employees, the billionaire said that to build a “groundbreaking Twitter 2.0” employees would need to be “extremely hardcore,” saying it would mean “working long hours at high intensity.”
The new Twitter owner has been criticized for the way he treats employees since his $44 billion takeover last month — particularly because he’s fired around half of Twitter’s 7,500 employees via email as part of cost-cutting measures, and in the last Days had laid off more employees who were reportedly questioning his approach to internal message boards.
In his most recent email, he urged Twitter employees to click “yes” on a form included in an email if they “want to be part of the new Twitter.”
“Anyone who has not done so by 5 p.m. ET tomorrow (Thursday) will receive three months’ severance pay,” the email said.
In addition to the warning of longer and more intensive working hours, the message said that “only exceptional performance leads to passing the grade”.
It comes after a number of Twitter employees were reportedly fired for criticizing Mr Musk on internal employee message boards.
Up to 20 employees have been told that their behavior violates company policy and their employment will be terminated immediately.
According to reports from the US, a number of employees had criticized or questioned Mr Musk’s recent tweets about the “slow” performance of the Twitter app on Slack, a messaging platform officially used by employees within Twitter.
Earlier this week, a Twitter engineer who publicly disagreed with the billionaire’s tweets was reportedly fired, with Mr Musk tweeting “he’s fired”. Mr Musk even appeared to mock the laid-off staff, tweeting in response to a link to the story: “I want to apologize for firing these geniuses. Her immense talent will no doubt be of great use elsewhere.”
Critics of the Tesla and SpaceX boss have suggested removing employees who disagree with his opinions, contradicting his claim that he strongly supports free speech and wants to allow more of it on Twitter.
The latest incidents continue the turbulent first few weeks at the helm of Mr Musk, who laid off half of Twitter’s workforce only to now try to rehire some of them to fill staffing gaps.
Also, the company’s attempt to launch a new version of its Twitter Blue subscription package, where users would get a verified blue tick if they pay €8 a month, got confused after launch, only to be withdrawn barely a day later will.
Meanwhile, in a Delaware courtroom yesterday, Mr Musk defended a 2018 compensation package as Tesla CEO that turned out to be more than $50 billion and helped make him the richest person on earth.
Mr. Musk has taken a stand for the first time in a lawsuit that stems from a 2018 lawsuit filed by a Tesla shareholder. Plaintiff Richard Tornetta alleges the company made a mistake in approving a pay package for Mr Musk that dwarfs that of other top tech executives, despite Mr Musk himself splitting his time between Tesla and several other companies, which he directs.
When asked by plaintiffs’ attorney, Mr Musk defended getting Tesla engineers to evaluate Twitter’s technical staff before mass layoffs on the social media platform. He said her attendance was “voluntary,” “after hours,” and “a trifle.”
He also confirmed a tweet claiming he plans to sleep on the floor at Twitter until the organization is fixed – a process he expects to be complete by the end of this week.
https://www.independent.ie/world-news/north-america/elon-musk-tells-twitter-staff-only-hardcore-workers-can-stay-42150900.html Elon Musk tells Twitter staff only “hardcore” workers can stay