Twitter shuts offices temporarily on backlash fear

Twitter shuts offices temporarily on backlash fear

Twitter has closed its offices temporarily in many locations in the world amid many staff opted to leave and fears of backlash, resulted in emerging of new concerns regarding ability of the social media platform to survive online.

Reports suggested that the company initially closed the offices until Monday due to rising concerns that the angry staff could destroy the company.

It comes after hundreds of workers are said to have rejected an ultimatum from new owner Elon Musk to sign up for longer, more intense working hours in order to build a new “hardcore” Twitter – Musk said those who did not sign up would be let go.

Twitter has told employees that the company’s office buildings will be temporarily closed, effective immediately.

The announcement comes amid reports that large numbers of staff were quitting after new owner Elon Musk called on them to sign up for “long hours at high intensity” or leave.

The message went on to say: “Please continue to comply with company policy by refraining from discussing confidential company information on social media, with the press or elsewhere.”

This week Musk told Twitter staff that they had to commit to working long hours and would “need to be extremely hardcore” or leave the company, according to reports.

In an email to staff, the firm’s new owner said workers should agree to the pledge if they wanted to stay, the Washington Post reported.

Those who did not sign up by Thursday 17 November would be given three months’ severance pay, Musk said.

Earlier this month the company said that it was cutting around 50 per cent of its workforce.

Today’s announcement that Twitter had temporarily closed its offices came amid signs that large numbers of workers have now also resigned as they have not accepted Musk’s new terms.

Employees have been tweeting using the hashtag #LoveWhereYouWorked and a saluting emoji to show they were leaving the firm.

Twitter users have lost all hope in the microblogging platform and are dealing with the loss with humor like Twitter usually does.

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