Twitter Shuts offices amid mass resignation

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Following an ultimatum from the new owner of , Elon Musk, who urged staff to choose between being “extremely hardcore” and working intense, long hours or losing their jobs, employee resignation exploded at the company on Thursday.

According to a report from the tech industry newsletter Platform, Twitter management also informed staff members on Thursday that offices were temporarily closed and inaccessible.

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Musk stated in the ultimatum, an internal memo sent to newsmen, “Going forward, to build a breakthrough Twitter 2.0 and succeed in an increasingly competitive world, we will need to be extremely hardcore.”

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“This will entail putting in long hours of intense work. A passing mark will only be awarded for excellent performance, he added.

By 5:00 pm New York time (2200 GMT) on Thursday, employees had been urged to click a link to demonstrate their dedication to “the new Twitter.”

One former employee, Andrea Horst, whose LinkedIn profile still reads “Supply Chain & Capacity Management (Survivor) @Twitter,” tweeted, “I may be #exceptional, but gosh darn it, I am just not #hardcore.”

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Musk, who is also the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, has drawn criticism for making significant changes to the social networking firm, Twitter which he recently acquired for $44 billion.

In addition to firing half of the company’s 7,500 employees, eliminating a work-from-home policy, and imposing long hours, his efforts to restructure Twitter have been beset by chaos and setbacks.

His clumsy attempts to update user verification with a contentious subscription service have resulted in a flood of fake accounts and practical jokes, and major advertisers have left the platform.

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