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On the heels of news that Twitter employees are leaving in response to Elon Musk’s ultimatum that they will either work “hardcore” to build Twitter 2.0 or leave, Platformer reports that the social media giant’s “office buildings are temporarily closed and access to badges has been suspended.”
NEW: Twitter just warned employees that all office buildings have been temporarily closed and access to badges has been suspended, effective immediately. No details given why.
— Zoe Schiffer (@ZoeSchiffer) November 17, 2022
Platform game Editor-in-chief Zoë Schiffer announced the news on Thursday evening. Following up on her first tweet above, Schiffer said they “heard this is because Elon Musk and his team are terrified that employees are going to sabotage the company. They are also still trying to figure out which Twitter employees they need to gain access to.” to close for.” Schiffer further reported that the company will reopen its offices on November 21.
The office closure and deactivation of the security badge follows hundreds of Twitter’s approximately 3,000 remaining employees, making it clear in the company’s Slack channels and on Twitter itself that they were not willing to stay. Exodus fallout can be terrible, reports The Verge:
Remaining and departing Twitter employees told The edge that given the magnitude of the layoffs this week, they expect the platform to break soon. One said they’ve seen “legendary engineers” and others look up to leave one by one.
“It feels like all the people who made this place incredible are leaving,” the Twitter staffer said. “It’s going to be extremely hard for Twitter to get rid of this, no matter how hardcore the people who remain try to be.”
Employee tweets ranged from emotional:
And just like that, after 12 years, I left Twitter. I have nothing but love for all my fellow tweeps, past and present. A thousand faces and a thousand scenes are flashing through my mind right now – I love you Twitter and I’ll bleed blue forever (…)
— Satanjeev Banerjee (@satanjeev) November 17, 2022
Not all bad #hardcore … pic.twitter.com/L2tCas5jRg
— AODHAN FLYNN (@aodhan) November 17, 2022
In a real meta moment, #RIPTwitter became a popular hashtag on Twitter less than an hour after news of the lockdown broke.