On Wednesday, Elon Musk, the new owner of Twitter, brought a kitchen sink into the company’s headquarters while also changing his profile to “Chief Twit” and displaying his prowess as a master troll.
Days before closing on the $44BN acquisition, which has been a long rollercoaster ride, Musk promised to lay off 75% of the workers. He then displayed his brilliance by using a play on words.
Prior to a Friday meeting between the new owner and his spanking staff, whiny lefty employees are revolting over the thought of Musk’s infamous work ethic and making public requests to be treated decently. A recent study stated that Twitter has experienced an “absolute decline” in users.
The letter’s text is shown below:
Elon Musk, the board of directors, and the staff:
The public conversation, in our opinion as the undersigned Twitter employees, is in danger.
Twitter’s capacity to facilitate public discourse will suffer as a result of Elon Musk’s proposal to fire 75% of its employees. A threat of this size is careless, damages the confidence our users and customers have in our platform, and is an obvious instance of employee intimidation.
Around the world, Twitter has a big impact on communities and societies. Twitter is presently supporting independent media in Iran and Ukraine as well as igniting global social movements.
A threat to Twitter employees is a threat to the company’s future. These threats have an effect on us as employees and reveal a fundamental misunderstanding of how Twitter actually works. They pose a threat to our way of life, our capacity to receive basic healthcare, and the right of visa holders to remain in the nation in which they are employed. In an atmosphere of constant intimidation and threats, we are unable to do our tasks. Twitter would not exist without our work.
We, the Twitter employees, won’t be intimidated. We reaffirm our commitment to helping the communities, organizations, and companies that use Twitter. We won’t cease contributing to the public dialogue.
We demand that Elon Musk and Twitter management stop threatening careless layoffs. As employees, you owe it to us to make firm pledges so that we can keep our platform’s integrity.
From present and upcoming leaders, we expect:
Respect: We call on leadership to pledge to keep the present headcount in order to show their respect for the platform and the staff members who uphold it.
Safety: We demand that management refrain from treating employees unfairly based on their ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or political opinions. We also seek protection for visa holders who, if they lose their jobs, will have to leave the nation where they are employed.
Protection: Elon Musk must formally undertake to protect all of our benefits, including those that are specified in the merger agreement and those that are (e.g. remote work). Before and after any change in ownership, leadership must develop and guarantee equitable severance plans for each employee.
Dignity: We demand open, timely, and considerate communication about our working conditions. We deserve to be treated with respect and not as insignificant pieces in a game being played by multi-billionaires.
In response to the letter, news of Musk’s posting a video of himself on Wednesday hauling a sink into the social media company’s San Francisco office went viral. Musk titled his satire, “Entering Twitter HQ – let that sink in!.”
NOW – Elon Musk enters the Twitter HQ.pic.twitter.com/bWm6iWdnln
— Disclose.tv (@disclosetv) October 26, 2022
“Elon Musk fueled rumors he’s closed the deal to buy Twitter after sharing a video of himself carrying a sink into its San Francisco headquarters,” reported, adding:
On Wednesday afternoon, the richest man in the world posted the video with the caption: ‘Entering Twitter HQ,’ let that sink in.
More on this story via The Republic Brief:
Musk changed his Twitter profile’s location to ‘Twitter HQ’ and his biography to ‘Chief Twit,’ two days ahead of a court-ordered deadline to complete the $44 billion takeover.
It comes a day after Musk made a vow in a video conference call with bankers, who are helping fund the deal, that he would close the takeover deal before the end of the week.
Twitter’s stock price has soared in recent weeks and closed at $53.35 on Wednesday – close to the $54.20-a-share first offered by Musk for the firm in April. CONTINUE READING…