New Twitter CEO and sole director Elon Musk despatched a companywide e mail to remaining workers of the social media enterprise on Wednesday, demanding they decide to working “lengthy hours at excessive depth” or obtain “three months of severance,” if they didn’t consent to those circumstances, or help his imaginative and prescient for “Twitter 2.0.”
The companywide ultimatum, despatched round midnight in San Francisco time and shared with CNBC, comes after Musk has already fired key Twitter executives, laid off half of Twitter’s full-time workers, and slashed the variety of contractors working with the corporate with out discover. This week, he additionally fired veteran engineers at Twitter after they criticized him in public, or within the firm’s inside Slack channels.
Since Musk took over on Oct. 28, he has introduced sweeping modifications deliberate for Twitter. One change that he insisted the corporate roll out shortly, referred to as Twitter Blue verification, needed to be rescinded, nevertheless.
The $7.99/month Blue subscription service allowed individuals to pay for a blue examine mark that appeared just like the mark beforehand reserved to point out an account was verified or official.
A deluge of impersonators purchased the paid subscriber checkmarks to pose as authentic celebrities, manufacturers and politicians, and in some circumstances, they posted false details about firms.
For instance, accounts impersonated the multinational drug firm Eli Lilly. One impersonator brought on a significant issue after they tweeted, “we’re excited to announce insulin is free now.” The tweet remained on the social media platform for hours earlier than it was taken down. The actual Eli Lilly account later tweeted: “We apologize to those that have been served a deceptive message from a pretend Lilly account.”
Eli Lilly’s inventory value dropped sharply after the false message was posted, and the corporate has determined to droop promoting on Twitter indefinitely.
Musk now plans a revised Twitter Blue Verified launch on Nov. twenty ninth.
Right here’s the total e mail that Elon Musk despatched to Twitter workers on Wednesday (transcribed by CNBC):
From: Elon Musk
To: Staff [at Twitter]
Subj. A Fork within the Highway
Date: Nov. 16, 2022 [time stamp removed]
Going ahead, to construct a breakthrough Twitter 2.0 and reach an more and more aggressive world, we’ll must be extraordinarily hardcore. This can imply working lengthy hours at excessive depth. Solely distinctive efficiency will represent a passing grade.
Twitter may also be far more engineering-driven. Design and product administration will nonetheless be essential and report back to me, however these writing nice code will represent the vast majority of our staff and have the best sway.
At its coronary heart, Twitter is a software program and servers firm, so l assume this is smart.
In case you are positive that you simply need to be a part of the brand new Twitter, please click on sure on the hyperlink under:
Anybody who has not achieved so by 5pm ET tomorrow (Thursday) will obtain three months of severance.
No matter choice you make, thanks to your efforts to make Twitter profitable.