New wave of resignations hits Twitter after Musk ultimatum

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  • Internal Slack messages shared with CNBC showed engineers and other employees posting goodbye messages to the “watercooler” chat group by the 5 p.m. ET Thursday deadline, which Musk had set the day before.
  • Dozens of goodbye messages streamed by hundreds of saluting emoji (which convey the message “Thank you for your service”).

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a new wave of Twitter The employees resigned on Thursday after Elon Musk issued an ultimatum, saying they would need to commit to a “hardcore” work environment.

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Internal Slack messages shared with CNBC showed engineers and other employees posting goodbye messages to the “watercooler” chat group by the 5 p.m. ET Thursday deadline, which Musk had set the day before.

Dozens of goodbye messages streamed by hundreds of saluting emoji (which convey the message “Thank you for your service”).

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The three Twitter employees who spoke with CNBC asked to remain anonymous, citing fear of professional retribution. All three were planning to resign on Thursday. It is not clear how many Twitter employees have resigned.

“The train has started at the #social-watercooler” said one of the employees, referring to a Slack room that Twitter employees have used in recent weeks to inform others that they are leaving.

Musk sent a companywide email on Wednesday telling employees to expect a “prolonged period of high intensity” if they choose to stay. He said he had time till 5 pm on Thursday to decide.

Musk followed up with a pair of emails on Thursday that said managers should meet with employees once a week or at least monthly, and asked managers to allow employees to work remotely. Employees may be fired if they do not prove, in their view, to be “outstanding” or “exceptional”.

Musk has asked some top engineers who have opted to resign to consider staying, according to a Twitter engineer familiar with the situation.

The recent wave of resignations now adds to a combined mass layoffs and voluntary exodus from Twitter, leaving the company much smaller than it was when Musk first took over in late October.

One engineer said the resignations affected important parts of the company’s engineering operations.

The engineers, who said they were tendering their resignations Thursday, wrote to CNBC that “the entire team representing critical infrastructure is voluntarily leaving the company, putting the company’s recovery at serious risk.”

Engineer said that many of the people who left Twitter did not feel the need to stay, and that he knew of only two people who stayed because the company sponsored their US visas.

“We are accomplished professionals with lots of options, so Elon has given us no reason to stay and many more to leave,” he wrote.

Esther Crawford, who works on early-stage products at Twitter, sent a farewell message to those leaving the company.

“To all the tweeps who decided to make today their last day: thank you for being incredible teammates through the ups and downs,” she tweeted. “I can’t wait to see what you do next.”

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