November 18 – Twitter seems to be having some trouble. Again.
The reporting yesterday said hundreds and hundreds of Twitter employees have quit.
This was after new CEO Elon Musk gave the employees an ultimatum that said by 5 p.m. yesterday, they needed to commit to what he called a hard-core work environment, which would include showing up live and working long hours. He admitted it was going to be stressful.
A whole lot of them said thanks, but no thanks. They took their three-month severance package and high-tailed it.
Twitter is now struggling to hire people to fill all those jobs.
This was on the heels of a mass exodus a few weeks ago of other high-level employees in the company.
Attorney Clint Barkdoll said, “There’s some real fear that that whole platform could be in jeopardy of shutting down.
Michele Jansen of NewsTalk 103.7FM noted, “I’m a little bothered by the fact that there are those who because it’s not what they made it into anymore, we just have to kill it. That’s very worrisome to me. This group that is afraid of actual free speech. I love how the Atlantic is commenting on this saying ‘oh, we thought minimally this would be flooding the platform with people who are attracted to social media for its capacity to alienate people. As if Twitter didn’t alienate people before and actually what it was good at was shutting people down and canceling them, which to me is the worst kind of alienation.”
Pat Ryan of NewsTalk 103.7FM added, “Looks like we’ve got the direct results of Mommy and Daddy and your participation trophies. Congratulations. This is where we are, right?”
Barkdoll said, “Musk seems to be keeping a good sense of humor about this. He made his own, I think, funny tweet last night about ‘how do you make a small fortune in tech?’ and he says, ‘start with a large fortune.’ He seems to be acknowledging that his investment is deteriorating very quickly here.”