Mass resignations at Twitter! Elon Musk shuts office, revokes badge access

Hundreds of Twitter employees resign after Elon Musk gives in to demands of working long hours. Soon after, Musk ordered Twitter offices shut and revoked badge access till November 21.

| Updated on: Nov 18 2022, 13:01 IST
Elon Musk Twitter Bankruptcy Talk: Timeline
1/13 He’s told employees to brace themselves for long hours, that “the road ahead is arduous and will require intense work to succeed,” and said bankruptcy was possible. Here’s how the saga is unfolding: (Bloomberg)
2/13 Oct. 27: Musk takes control- His first act is to fire the Board along with CEO Parag Agrawal, CFO Ned Segal, head of legal Vijaya Gadde and Counsel Sean Edgett. Musk forms advisory team that includes celebrity attorney Alex Spiro, VC David Sacks, Neuralink CEO and head of Musk’s family office Jared Birchall, investor Jason Calacanis, and partner of Andreessen Horowitz Sriram Krishnan. (Reuters)
3/13 Oct. 28: Brands begin to take pause- As Musk plans to unban accounts and says he will charge for user verification, advertisers suspend ads. (AFP)
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4/13 Oct. 31: Top tweeters protest- Amid murmurings of plans to charge existing verified accounts, author Steven King tweets, “$20 a month to keep my blue check? F**k that, they should pay me. If that gets instituted, I’m gone like Enron.” (AFP)
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5/13 Nov. 1: Teams working around the clock- The product team works over the weekend on Musk’s idea to charge users for blue check marks. A photo of product director Esther Crawford sleeping on the floor of a conference room, trying to make the deadline, goes viral. Meanwhile, managers are asked to make lists of who can be fired. Employees print out their software code for review by Musk and engineers from Tesla, to determine if their contributions are worthy of keeping a job. (REUTERS)
6/13 Nov. 3: Massive layoffs begin- A memo is sent to all employees telling them of imminent layoffs and to watch for an email with the subject line: “Your Role at Twitter.” Badge access to offices is suspended as 3,700 staffers receive word that they’ve been cut. Realizing employees essential for the continuity of the business have been let go by mistake, some are asked to come back. (AP)
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7/13 Co-founder EV Williams tweets, “Heart’s out to the tweeps getting laid off today.” Co-founder Jack Dorsey adds, “I realize many are angry with me. I own the responsibility for why everyone is in this situation: I grew the company size too quickly. I apologize for that.” (REUTERS)
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8/13 Nov. 5-6: Musk responds to celebrity protests- Unrest grows on the platform over the weekend, particularly over the issue of impersonator accounts. Actress Valerie Bertinelli starts a movement of people changing their Twitter names to “Elon Musk.” Comedian Kathy Griffin joins the protest, finds her account locked. Then Musk announces, “Going forward, any Twitter handles engaging in impersonation without clearly specifying `parody’ will be permanently suspended.” (AP)
9/13 Nov. 8: Musk sells more Tesla- Despite a previous vow not to sell any more Tesla stock, Musk sells an additional $3.95 billion, bringing the total sold in past year to $36 billion. (REUTERS)
10/13 Nov. 9: Musk Blue tick mark- Blue check mark option becomes available for purchase, and immediately becomes a tool for impersonators. An account masquerading as Nintendo Inc. posts an image of Super Mario holding up a middle finger. (REUTERS)
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11/13 Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, and a close cadre of advisers are considering a host of changes to the way Twitter is run and makes money. (REUTERS)
12/13 Nov. 10: More key executives quit as Musk warns of bankruptcy- In his first meeting with employees, Musk tells them to brace for 80-hour weeks and requires everyone back in the office full time. He also says bankruptcy for the company is not out of the question if it doesn’t start generating more cash. Several executives in charge of keeping Twitter safe and accountable to its users quit, including chief information security officer Lea Kissner, chief privacy officer Damien Kieran and chief compliance Marianne Fogarty.. (AFP)
13/13 Nov. 11: Verified accounts get “Official” tags- Twitter adds badges that say “offiical” to verified accounts in some places, though confusion abounds. More brands depart the platform. (REUTERS)
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Mass resignations take place on Twitter after Elon Musk threatens employees with long and intense hours of working. (HT_PRINT)

The chaos at Twitter does not seem to end. After the recent mass layoffs and the issue with blue verification ticks, which was rolled back after hordes of verified accounts began impersonating famous personalities, a new trouble is brewing at the Twitter headquarters. Various reports suggest that hundreds of employees have resigned from the company after Elon Musk gave out an ultimatum to the staff making them choose between “extremely hardcore” working hours or risk losing their jobs.

According to a report by India Today, Musk had also given the option to employees that those who want to quit will receive a severance pay. After the ultimatum, many employees chose not to sign the pledge and instead resigned with a severance package. After the mass resignation, Twitter has shut its office and revoked badge access until November 21. As of now, no other information has been shared with the employees.

Mass resignation at Twitter

On Wednesday, Musk sent a company-wide email titled “A fork in the road”. In the email, employees were asked to sign an online form committing to “long hours at high intensity”. The email read, “If you are sure that you want to be part of the new Twitter, please click yes on the link below”.

Musk had also underlined that Twitter needs to be “extremely hardcore” and the employees need to be working long, intense hours. According to a report by The Guardian, Musk apparently did not anticipate the amount of resignations. He also had to spend time with some high ranking officials to convince them to stay.

This wave of mass resignations came after a period of mass layoff where Musk fired 7,500 employees globally, cutting down the workforce by 50 percent. Some reports are suggesting that the resignations will now take this number to a staggering 88 percent. However, the company is yet to release any attrition numbers publicly.

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First Published Date: 18 Nov, 12:39 IST
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