After Elon Musk became the company’s new owner, Twitter’s engineers and other employees could either promise to work “very intensely” or depart with severance money.
The latest round of departures indicates that Twitter is continuing to lose staff just as it is preparing for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, one of the busiest events on Twitter that can overwhelm its systems if things go wrong.
It is unclear exactly how many of the platform’s already-devastated staff members took Musk up on his offer but how many did.
According to staffers who still have access to the board, hundreds of staff members indicated their intention to leave before a deadline set by Musk on Thursday by writing farewell notes, a salute emoji, or other symbols are known to Twitter employees.
Hundreds more publicly announced their decision to sign off after the deadline on Twitter.
In reaction to the numerous departures, Musk tweeted Thursday night, “The best people are remaining, so I’m not too worried.”
According to a current employee who spoke anonymously due to job security concerns and a former employee who took the voluntary layoff and said anonymously due to the confidentiality requirement to receive severance pay, it was sometimes difficult to tell whether employees posting on internal Slack channels were doing so in support of departing coworkers or because they were leaving themselves.
According to a worker fired earlier this week, several employees utilized a private forum aside from the company’s message board to talk about their impending departure, raising concerns about how it may affect their U.S. visas or if they would receive the promised severance compensation.
After the deadline, Twitter management sent an unsigned email declaring that offices would be closed and employee badge access would be suspended until Monday.
According to the worker who accepted the voluntary layoff on Thursday, no explanation was provided.
He continued to have access to the company Slack as of late Thursday.
“Thank you for being such amazing teammates through the ups and downs, Tweeps who have chosen to make today their last day. One employee, Esther Crawford, who is still employed by the business and has been tasked with improving the platform’s authentication system, tweeted, “I can’t wait to see what you do next.