The Morning After: Elon Musk issues ultimatum to remaining Twitter employees

Twitter could lose even more employees following mass layoffs that cut its workforce in half earlier this month and after the company fired engineers who publicly called out its new owner. Elon Musk gave an ultimatum to the remaining staff and asked them to engage in “extremely hardcore” Twitter moving forward. “If you’re sure you want to be part of the new Twitter, click yes on the link below,” he reportedly wrote in an email linking to an online form.

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The executive has apparently said it will mean “working long hours at high intensity.” He added, “Only outstanding performances will constitute a passing grade.” The email said that those who do not sign the form by 5pm ET today will be fired and receive three months of severance pay.

The work is also piling up. In addition to Twitter Blue subscriptions and verification drama, the company appears to be working on end-to-end encryption (E2EE) for its direct messaging feature. Researcher Jane Manchun Wong in the Twitter Android app hints that E2EE is on the way.

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