Current remaining and former employees of Twitter have spoken out, saying the platform could suffer a catastrophic collapse as core engineering teams, human resources and finance, and a number of key people overseeing operations have decided to step down.
Elon Musk issued an ultimatum earlier this weekurging Twitter employees to either resign voluntarily or prepare for a radical reset of Twitter’s work culture that would include longer hours, unpaid overtime, and working through weekends and some holidays.
Most teams at Twitter have reportedly decided to file their papers and voluntarily resign rather than be a part of what Elon Musk calls “Twitter 2.0.”
The people who have decided to resign or have already resigned, involve members from most of the core engineering and development teams at Twitter. An Insider reporter has revealed that Twitter’s US payroll team, financial reporting team and tax team have all resigned.
Sooo I was told by two people that Twitter’s entire payroll department quit/didn’t decide to sign up for Elon’s Twitter 2.0
— Kali Hays (@HaysKali) November 18, 2022
With the payroll team gone, Twitter is having to hire contractors to bolster itself and ensure that severance packages for those who have left, as well as the salaries of those still with the company, are paid on time.
Several “critical” teams within Twitter have now either fully or almost fully quit, said other employees who asked not to be known to speak without Musk’s permission, The Verge reported. This includes Twitter’s traffic and front-end teams, which route technical requests to the correct back-end services. The team that maintains Twitter’s core system libraries, which every engineer in the company uses, is also gone. “You can’t run Twitter without this team,” said a departing employee.
Several members of Twitter’s “Command Center” team, a 24/7 on-call group of engineers who act as an internal clearinghouse for issues, also tweeted about their departure. “If they go down, there’s no one to call if the shit breaks,” said one person familiar with how the team works. The team that manages the Twitter API for developers has also been badly gutted.
The situation is so dire that Reuters has reported that should Twitter go down or suffer an outage, which former and current employees say is imminent, in many areas there is no one left to fix things.
According to a report by The Verge, remaining and departing Twitter employees said they expect the platform to collapse soon given the scale of the layoffs this week.
“Remaining and departing Twitter employees told The Verge that given the scale of the layoffs this week, they expect the platform to collapse soon.”
“It will be extremely difficult for Twitter to recover from here”
— Jon Prosser (@jon_prosser) November 18, 2022
Another report claims that the internal version of the Twitter app used by employees is already slowing down and that the main version of the app, open to all, could break as early as tonight.
🚨 Twitter could break tonight.
According to an inside source, the internal version of the Twitter app used by employees is already slowing down. pic.twitter.com/dIp2EODyQV
– Pop Base (@PopBase) November 18, 2022
Meanwhile, Twitter recruiters have already started reaching out to outside engineers to see if they would like to join “Twitter 2.0 – an Elon company.”
Ironically, Twitter doesn’t have a communications department either, as the staff at that office either resigned or left.
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