Hundreds of people are leaving Twitter and blackouts are expected.
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(Pocket-lint) – Twitter CEO Elon Musk has given employees an ultimatum – go hardcore, or leave. Turns out hundreds of them chose the latter option, with the predicted Twitter outages.
The news comes as new Twitter owner Elon Musk sent an email to all employees asking them to agree to help build Twitter 2.0 and engage in an “extremely hardcore” experience or leave. Those who wished to stay could fill out a Google form to say so. Everyone else had to actually hand in their notice.
However, reports claim that hundreds of Twitter employees have decided to quit rather than commit to what Musk has in mind. Twitter’s internal Slack channels were reportedly filled with people saying they’d rather leave than work under the conditions Musk described. One added that “it will be extremely difficult for Twitter to recover, even if the people who remain try to be intransigent”, reports The Verge.
The same report claims that some critical teams are now either completely unstaffed or close to being so, with one employee saying Twitter would not be able to operate after a team left. Others said the “Command Center” team, made up of engineers on duty 24/7, is also affected. They say there won’t be anyone to take care of things when they break.
The fact that Musk’s Twitter Blue project is also affected is perhaps equally remarkable, since the designers leading the project are said to have left the company.
NEW: The designers of Elon Musk’s verified Project Blue have left the company, along with the lead web engineer. Many Twitter employees who maintained critical infrastructure have quit. Tomorrow the business will look very different
– Zoe Schiffer (@ZoeSchiffer) November 18, 2022
With Twitter now appearing to be sorely lacking in important team members – and entire teams – it remains to be seen how things will pan out. Many are already downloading their Twitter data just in case, while others are looking for ways to stay in touch with their online community should the worst happen.
Written by Oliver Haslam.