A wave of mass resignations from Twitter has prompted reports that the popular social platform may be close to collapse.
Hashtags like #RIPTwitter and #GoodbyeTwitter have risen to the top of Twitter’s What’s Happening section following the news.
New owner Elon Musk had reportedly issued an email ultimatum that staffers sign up for “long hours at high intensity,” or leave.
The email, obtained by NY, was titled “A Fork in the Road,” and as of the deadline Thursday, hundreds of employees chose to leave the company, which has faced critical difficulties since Tesla CEO Musk, 51, took control in late October. The email promised further “long hours at high intensity” for those who remained.
The resignations leave the operability of Twitter in serious jeopardy, the Washington Post explained Thursday.
Musk was meeting some top employees to try and convince them to stay, said one current employee and a recently departed employee who is in touch with Twitter colleagues.
“I thought my soul was already fully crushed after the last two weeks. I was so wrong. Today has been rough,” one former Twitter employee tweeted Thursday. “There will never be a better culture than what we had. We know it. Every other tech company knows it. #LoveWhereYouWorked.”
The company notified employees that it will close its offices and cut badge access until Monday, according to two sources. Security officers have begun kicking employees out of the office on Thursday evening, one source said.
Twitter currently has no communications department to contact for comment.