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Following Musk's ultimatum, hundreds of Twitter employees reportedly resigned

Following hundreds of employee resignations on Thursday, skeleton engineering teams are apparently keeping Twitter operational.

Musk's ultimatum

Elon Musk reportedly gave Twitter employees an ultimatum on Wednesday: Accept long "hardcore" hours or quit the firm. By Thursday at 5 p.m. ET, employees had to choose to stay or face termination with three months of severance pay. It seems that many decided to depart.

The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and other publications report that hundreds of Twitter employees have quit due to communications between coworkers on Slack. According to a former employee who spoke to the Post, the exodus has reduced critical systems to skeleton crews of one or two engineers.

The company's remaining staff members were apparently locked out of the company's offices at the same time. According to Platformer's Zoe Schiffer, badge access to Twitter's buildings has been prohibited until November 21. When contacted for comment, Twitter—which no longer seems to have a PR department—didn't do so right away.

The information is the most recent development in the story of Twitter under Musk's influence and management, which began in April when he declared his intention to buy the company. About half of the 7,500 employees have been let go since Musk took over as CEO on October 27 while the remainder have been forced to work lengthy hours. He oversaw the sudden introduction of new features, such as the account verification added to the Twitter Blue subscription, which sparked a wave of Musk impersonations.

Following Musk's $44 billion purchase of the company, Thursday's revelation caused Twitter users to express renewed worry that the social media network is nearing the end of its life cycle. Following news of the exodus, the hashtags "#RIPTwitter," "Damn Twitter," and "Twitter HQ" started to trend on the website.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a Democratic congresswoman from New York who has criticized Musk's use of Twitter, was one of those who reacted to the upheaval. She sent a message to her 13 million followers saying, "Shoutout to all the Twitter employees." "You all created a crucial space for connection and so richly deserved better,"

With a tweet that appeared to make light of his earlier warning that the company would soon go bankrupt, Musk even seemed to recognize the turmoil. "How can I start making a little money on social media?" On Thursday night, three hours after giving his staff a deadline, Musk tweeted. Start with a sizable one.

The divisive businessman's reign as Twitter's head may only be short-lived. According to CNBC, Musk reportedly said to the court, "I expect to reduce my time at Twitter and find somebody else to run Twitter over time," during testimony on Wednesday in a Tesla shareholder case. Musk also runs Tesla, a manufacturer of electric cars, and SpaceX, a company that builds rockets. The case claims that Musk's CEO salary is excessive.

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