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Musk demanded that they work long hours. Hundreds of employees leave Twitter, and technical problems increase


It is estimated that hundreds of Twitter employees started leaving the social media company after the new owner, Elon Musk, warned that employees wishing to stay would have to work “long hours and with high intensity,” according to a Reuters report.

In a survey by Blend, a workplace environment that validates employee addresses via work email addresses, and allows them to share information anonymously; 42% of the 180 people who answered our Twitter exit survey chose that they are currently open to receiving offers.

A quarter said they "reluctantly" chose to stay, and only 7% of respondents said they "clicked yes to stay".

A separate Blend survey asked employees to estimate the percentage of people who would leave Twitter based on their perception, and more than half of respondents estimated that at least 50% of employees would leave.

A current and recently departed employee, who is in touch with his Twitter colleagues, said Musk has been meeting with some senior employees to try to convince them to stay.

While it is not clear how many employees chose to stay, the numbers highlight the reluctance of some employees to stay in the company, which Musk was quick to dismiss half of its employees, including senior management, and change the work culture to a culture of “merciless work” to emphasize hours. Long and intense work.

In a private conversation on Signal with about 50 Twitter employees, about 40 said they had decided to leave, according to the former employee.

And in the Slack group of current and former Twitter employees, about 360 people have joined a new channel titled "Voluntary Layoffs," said a person familiar with the Slack group.

More than 20 Twitter employees in the United States and Europe have announced their departure in public Twitter posts so far.

The company has notified employees that it will close its offices and cut off entry by labor card until next Monday, according to two sources. A source said that the security officers started expelling the employees from the office on Thursday evening.

Musk took to Twitter late on Thursday and said he was not worried about the resignations because "the best people stay."

The billionaire owner added that amid the avalanche of resignations, Twitter had achieved its highest usage rate ever.

"We've achieved another all-time high in Twitter usage..." he said in a tweet - without elaborating.

platform stability

The departures included several engineers responsible for fixing bugs and preventing service outages, which raises questions about the stability of the platform amid the loss of staff.

On Thursday evening, the version of the Twitter app that employees were using slowed down, according to a source familiar with the matter, who predicted that the public version of Twitter was at risk of crashing overnight.

"If damage has already occurred, there will be no one to repair the damage in many areas," said the person - who asked not to be named for fear of accountability.

Reports of Twitter outages rose sharply from fewer than 50 to about 350 on Thursday evening, according to Downdetector, which tracks website and app outages.