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Elon Musk, the new owner of Twitter, told employees that they have until Thursday evening to do “extremely hardcore” work or leave the company. CNN got a copy of the billionaire’s late-night email to his staff.
Musk wrote in the memo, “In the future, we will have to be very tough if we want to build a breakthrough Twitter 2.0 and do well in a world that is getting more and more competitive.” “This means I’ll have to work hard for a long time. But, unfortunately, doing well is the only way to get a passing grade.”
In the memo, Musk says that Twitter will become “much more engineering-driven.” But, then, he gives the employees a choice. “Click yes on the link below if you want to be a part of the new Twitter,” the email said, sending employees to what looked like an online form.
Musk said that he would fire anyone who hadn’t left by Thursday at 5 p.m. ET’s salary would last for three months. The Washington Post reported the memo first.
Musk and Twitter employees have been fighting publicly and privately about how he runs the company. It also comes after Musk fired Twitter’s top executives, got rid of the board of directors, and fired about half of the staff, including key roles in the curation, wellness, public policy, and other teams.
Wednesday, he talked about how much money he made from Tesla in a court case in Delaware. Musk said that he thinks Twitter will be done with its “fundamental organizational restructuring” by the end of this week. He said that even though he spends most of his time on Twitter. He thinks this will only happen sometimes, as it has with his other businesses in the past few weeks.
How Elon Musk wants to change Twitter
Elon Musk has big ideas about how he wants to change the platform. He wants to improve the company’s bottom line quickly, so he gives his staff goals and tells them to work hard to reach them. Sad to say, Musk is also thought to have given his employees unclear instructions. For instance, you could ask them to print out the code they just wrote, which could be a lot of pages, and then change the subject.
At least one Twitter worker wrote that they slept on the office floor. Musk said that when he worked up to 120 hours a week, he slept on the floor of a Tesla factory.
People who work at Twitter have pushed back and been worried about Musk. In one case, employees gave Musk and his team a document with questions about his plan to start a system where people could pay to get a verification checkmark. This took place at the start of the month. Musk got the system up and running, but he didn’t take many of the suggested safety steps. Because of this, some of the employees’ worst fears came true quickly. So, two days after the system went live, Twitter stopped rolling it out. He said he plans to start it again on Tuesday, November 28.
Musk told his staff that he liked them no matter what they did.