NOVEMBER 18 (Reuters) – Elon Musk on Friday asked all remaining Twitter employees writing software code to report to the 10th floor of the San Francisco office by early afternoon, according to an email verified by Reuters.
The billionaire said in a follow-up email, “If possible, I’d appreciate it if you could fly to SF to attend in person,” adding he’ll be at the company’s headquarters by midnight and Saturday morning to return.
He said engineers should report at 2 p.m. Friday.
The emails came a day after an estimated hundreds of Twitter workers decided to do so left the ailing social media company after a Thursday notice from Musk that employees would sign up for “long hours of high intensity.”
The Exodus is added to the fast change and chaos Those were Musk’s first three weeks as Twitter owner, during which layoffs and other departures had already more than halved the company’s workforce to around 3,700.
According to two sources, Twitter told employees on Thursday that it would be closing its offices and restricting access to ID cards through Monday. Reuters could not immediately confirm whether the headquarters had reopened.
As of Friday afternoon, the company had begun cutting off access to company systems for some of the employees who turned down Musk’s offer, a source told Reuters.
Another source said the company plans to shut down one of Twitter’s three main US data centers at the SMF1 facility near Sacramento to save money.
In his first email to Twitter employees this month, Musk warned that Twitter might not be able to “survive the coming economic downturn.” He also said, “We’re also changing Twitter policies to no longer allow remote work unless you have a specific exception.”
A White House official also chimed in, saying Twitter should let Americans know how the company protects their data.
According to Musk, Twitter has done so reinstated Some of the controversial accounts that have been banned or suspended, including satirical website Babylon Bee and comedian Kathy Griffin, added that a decision to bring back former US President Donald Trump’s account has yet to be made. When a Twitter user asked Musk to reinstate conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, Musk replied with a terse “no.”
Musk later on Friday tweeted a poll urging supporters to vote yes or no to reinstate Trump. The majority voted yes.
“Vox Populi, Vox Dei,” Musk tweeted, a Latin phrase meaning “The voice of the people is the voice of God.”
Amid the changes, Moody’s withdrew its B1 credit rating for Twitter, saying it had “insufficient or otherwise inadequate information to support maintaining the rating.”
In his emails on Friday, Musk instructed employees to send him a summary of what their software code had “achieved” over the past six months, “along with up to 10 screenshots of the most salient lines of code.”
“There will be short, technical interviews that will allow me to better understand Twitter’s tech stack,” Musk wrote in one of the emails.
Musk said earlier this week that some Tesla engineers helped when evaluating Twitter’s engineering teams, but he said it was on a “voluntary basis” and “after hours.”
He said he will attempt to speak to remote workers via video and only those who cannot physically make it to the company’s headquarters or who have a family emergency would be excused.
Musk wrote on Twitter late Thursday that he wasn’t worried about resignations as “the best people stay.”
Reporting by Hyunjoo Jin; Additional reporting by Katie Paul; writing by Sheila Dang and Katie Paul; Edited by Jonathan Oatis, David Gregorio, Emelia Sithole-Matarise and Daniel Wallis
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