Twitter staffers call Elon Musk’s bluff ‘hardcore’, sparking potential mass exodus

I’m tired of Elon Musk. I’m tired of Twitter. I’m just tired. Apparently, I’m not the only one.

Reportedly, about 75 percent of Twitter’s remaining anemic workforce haven’t accepted Musk’s new “extremely hardcore” vision of the company, opting instead to take the cash and run. In response, Twitter has temporarily closed its office buildingshe has suspended access to the badge and is trying to figure out what the hell he will do now.

Multiple sources reports that most of Twitter’s remaining employees did not click “yes” in response to Musk’s recent email asking to work “long hours at high intensity.” The deadline for doing so has since passed, which means that if Twitter follows through on the threats in the letter, all those people will be fired in liquidation.

This would leave Twitter with less than 1000 headcount, Fortune‘S Kylie Robinson noting that many of those who stayed are supposedly on visas and have no choice but to stay. Twitter previously had around 7,500 employees before its disastrous takeover of Musk earlier this month.

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While Twitter’s mass layoffs have been a dud, this most recent potential round could cause the most damage yet. The limit reports that some vital teams will disappear completely, including the critical engineers who maintain Twitter’s core system libraries.

Crucially, the skeletal crew will have jumped ship as well, leaving Twitter simply adrift until it crashes into an iceberg and sinks to the bottom of the Atlantic. This is likely to happen sooner rather than later considering how quickly Musk rolled out ill-conceived changes.

The only one who didn’t see it coming was probably Musk. Twitter’s internal culture has reportedly become “beyond toxic” under Musk’s rule, with some employees even hoping to be fired so they can get fired rather than resign.

The official termination notices don’t appear to be out yet, e.g Twitter employees currently still have access to internal systems. Many are reportedly using said login to greet their colleagues on the company’s Slack messaging system, happy to step out of Musk’s dystopian vision for their future.

Meanwhile, Musk and his team must figure out who stays, who leaves, and what they have left to work with. Platform‘S ZoĆ« Schiffer reports that in addition to disabling access to the badge, a code lock has been activated due to Musk fearing sabotage from future former employees.

Twitter’s offices are expected to reopen next Monday, November 21, though it remains incredibly unclear who will be there to see it. Users have been predicting Twitter’s demise since before Musk walked into his headquarters literally carrying a kitchen sink last month. This latest disaster looks like the closest we’ve come so far to seeing Musk’s incredible shrinking company truly disappear.

Mashable has reached out to Twitter for comment, though frankly we don’t expect anyone to provide an answer.

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