By Sheila Dang, Paresh Dave and Hyunjoo Jin
(Reuters) – Hundreds of Twitter employees are estimated to be leaving the company following an ultimatum from new owner Elon Musk a struggling social media company. Sign up for “intensive long hours” or take time off.
In a poll conducted on workplace app Blind, which verifies employees by their work email addresses and allows them to share information anonymously, 42% of 180 selected the “opt out option, I’m free!”
a quarter said they selected “Barely “Stay, only 7% of poll participants said they “clicked to stay, I’m hardcore.”
Musk met with some senior employees to try to convince a current employee and a Recently departed employees who have been in touch with fellow Twitter colleagues say they will stay. Staying at one company e Musk is eager to fire half the workforce including top management and relentlessly changing the culture to emphasize long hours and a hectic pace.
The company informed employees it would close the office and cut off their badges, with no access until Monday, according to two sources. On Thursday night, security agents began pushing employees out of the office, a source said.
Musk tweeted late Thursday that he was not worried about resigning because “the best people stay”
The resigning billionaire boss added that Twitter usage has hit record highs.
“And our Twitter usage is at an all-time high…,” he said in a tweet, without elaborating.
Twitter, which has lost many members of its communications team, did not respond to a request for comment.
Departures include many engineers tasked with fixing bugs and preventing service outages, raising questions about platform stability amid employee turnover.
On Thursday night, the version of the Twitter app used by employees began to slow down, according to a person familiar with the matter, who estimated that the public version of Twitter was at risk of crashing overnight.
“If it really broke, there would be no one to fix it in many places,” said the person, who asked not to be named for fear of reprisals.
According to the website Downdetector, reports of Twitter outages rose sharply Thursday night from less than 180 to about 180 report, which tracks website and application outages.
In a private chat with about 42 Twitter staff on Signal, almost 42 said they had decided Leave, according to former employees.
In a private Slack group for current and former Twitter employees, about 360 people have joined a new group, a channel called “Voluntary Layoffs,” a source with knowledge Said the person in the Slack group. More than half of respondents estimate that at least 42% of their workforce will leave.
Blue hearts and salute emojis flooded Twitter and its internal chat rooms on Thursday, the second Thursday when Twitter employees said goodbye in two weeks.
By 6 p.m. ET, more than two dozen Twitter employees in the U.S. and Europe announced their departures in public Twitter posts seen by Reuters, though each resignation could not be independently verified.
Earlier Wednesday, Musk emailed Twitter employees saying: “Looking ahead, we will need to be very stubborn to build a breakthrough Twitter 2.0 and succeed in an increasingly competitive world.
The email asks staff to click yes if they want to stay. Those who do not respond by 5pm ET on Thursday will be deemed to have resigned, the email said And get a severance package.
As the deadline looms, employees scramble to figure out what to do first.
A departing employee told Reuters that Twitter internal A team decided to take the leap together and leave the company.
Notable departures include Tess Rinearson, who was responsible for building a cryptocurrency team at Twitter. Rinearson tweeted a blue heart and tribute emoji.
In an apparent attack on Musk’s call for employees to be “hardcore,” or “ex- Hardcore engineer “. Are you making a small fortune on social media?” he tweeted. “Start big.”