San Francisco (United States), 09/13/2022.- Twitter Headquarters in San Francisco, California, USA, 13 September 2022. Twitter shareholders voted to approve Elon Musk’Äôs 44 billion dollars buyout, although Musk has filed a request to terminate the deal. Furthermore, a Twitter whistleblower testified before US lawyers raising concerns about foreign meddling and access to sensitive users information. (United States) EFE/EPA/JOHN G. MABANGLO
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“From: Engineering DM to Elon Musk. Subject: Bye,” posted a social media user who identifies as an engineer on Twitter and has more than 34,000 followers.
Apart from the employees themselves in the networks, US media such as the New York Times cited internal company sources who confirmed that many employees have chosen to leave and that the company itself is trying to convince some of them not to leave. .
According to information in the Times, Musk himself and his closest advisers are meeting with employees whom they consider essential to the operation of the company and asking them not to leave.
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The newspaper figures hundreds of workers who have already informed the company of their departure.
This is the result of the ultimatum Musk gave his employees on Wednesday, offering them a choice between two options: commit to working extremely hard and long hours or leave the company with three months’ pay severance.
The owner of the social network sent an email to the staff in which he announced that to create Twitter 2.0 it will be necessary to “work many hours at high intensity” and that only those who offer “exceptional performance” will make the cut.
“If you’re sure you want to be a part of the new Twitter, please click yes on the link below,” the message said, adding a link to a form each employee can fill out.
“Anyone who hasn’t done so by 5pm ET tomorrow (Thursday) will receive three months’ severance,” Musk added.
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In the message, the new owner of Twitter also announced that the company will be more focused on engineering from now on and that programmers will make up the majority of the workforce and have the greatest influence.
“At heart, Twitter is a software and server company, so I think this makes sense,” said the businessman.
Musk has already undertaken a significant reduction in the workforce of the social network, where a few days after taking control he fired approximately half of the around 7,500 employees that the company had.
In recent days, the billionaire has also fired several employees who questioned some of his statements about the operation of Twitter through the social network itself.
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Musk’s chaotic landing at the company has also included the announcement -and subsequent withdrawal- of new services such as payment verification, which allows anyone who pays $8 a month to have the blue symbol that until now identified relevant accounts whose identity had been confirmed.
Amid criticism, and after users used this option to impersonate companies and personalities, Twitter temporarily stopped this new service, Twitter Blue, which initially said it would start up again at the end of this week.
Late on Tuesday, Musk announced that the Twitter Blue relaunch is being pushed back to November 29 to ensure it’s robust.