- Twitter employees were told to vacate their offices immediately on Thursday, Insider confirmed.
- All offices have been closed and employee badge access has been revoked, perhaps until Monday.
- Less than half of Twitter employees are committed to Elon Musk’s “hardcore” vision.
Twitter’s offices were abruptly closed on Thursday as reports of mass resignations at the beleaguered social media company emerged.
Company officials told employees that all buildings have been temporarily closed, effective immediately, and that their badge access would be revoked for the time being. Platformer Zoë Schiffer previously reported. Insider confirmed that Twitter employees’ badge access has been suspended and they have been told to vacate the offices, which are expected to reopen on Monday.
The reason behind the abrupt closure was that Twitter CEO Elon Musk and others feared employees would “sabotage the company” and why they are trying to figure out whose access should be revoked, Schiffer said.
Twitter took a similar action earlier this month ahead of the layoffs in an effort to prevent departing employees from taking unwanted action. The email sent to employees announcing the upcoming layoffs explained that the offices would be temporarily closed.
“To help ensure the security of each employee, as well as the security of Twitter systems and customer data, our offices will be temporarily closed and all badge access will be suspended. If you are in an office or traveling to a office, go home,” the email read, adding, “Please continue to abide by company policy by refraining from discussing confidential company information on social media, with the press or elsewhere.”
The latest shutdown came just over a week after Musk ended remote work on Twitter. In his first company-wide email since he took over, Musk told employees they would no longer be allowed to work remotely and should return to the office within days. Musk clarified Thursday that employees can still work remotely with their manager’s approval.
It also came as reports described mass resignations at the company. After Musk asked employees to engage in “Twitter 2.0” – his “extremely hardcore” version of the company – or be part of voluntary layoffs with severance pay, fewer than half of some 4,000 employees opted to stay on Thursday .
Musk and his team held meetings this week with some wavering employees to try to convince them to stay, according to the New York Times. At one such meeting, some staffers who had called by video conference began hanging up after the 5 p.m. deadline Thursday, the outlet said, citing two people familiar with the meeting, though Musk said continued with his speech.
Twitter did not immediately respond to an Insider’s request for comment.