Twitter staff resigns, leading the company to close some offices as users look for decentralized alternatives

Since taking over the micro-blogging platform in late October, Elon Musk has definitely shaken up the structure of Twitter. His latest move has caused an exodus of employees and the closure of offices.

Earlier in the week, Musk issued an email ultimatum to Twitter staff, telling them they had to commit to “working long hours at high intensity” or leave their desks by Thursday, Nov. 17.

A large number of them chose the second option, which provides three months of severance pay, with the result that the company has temporarily closed its officeswhile hundreds of employees have left their jobs, according to reported.

Twitter also announced the temporary suspension of access to badges until Monday, November 21, requiring staff to “refrain from discussing confidential company information on social media, with the press or outside parties”.

An email to Twitter staff says the offices are closed until Monday.

“I didn’t want to work for someone who threatened us multiple times via email,” says a recently resigned employee.

According to a poll conducted on Blind, an app dedicated to jobs, out of 180 people, 42% responded “I choose the option to leave, I’m free!”, Reuters reported Nov. 18. In another survey, half of the respondents estimated that the 50% of the staff would be gone.

In the face of Musk’s rise, employees aren’t the only ones fleeing Twitter: users are also looking for alternatives. One of these is Mastodon, which has seen a surge in enrollments.

The decentralized social network is a federation of independently managed interconnected servers based on open-source software.

Mastodon said on Nov. 12 that it had gained over a million new members since closing the Twitter deal. On November 3, MIT has reported that Twitter has lost the same number of users since the Musk acquisition.

In October, the former CEO of Twitter also Jack Dorsey unveiled its decentralized social network, BlueskySocialwhich aims to give users control over their data, characterized by portable user accounts and access to “an open market of algorithms”.

Dorsey hopes his Bitcoin-powered platform will displace users from centralized Web2 social media sites filled with scams and spam.

Dorsey has already turned down the position of CEO of Twitter, offered by Musk as he would like someone else to run it.

Meanwhile, Elon Musk complains about the difficulties in managing a social network, following the exodus of employees:

How do you make a small fortune on social media?

You start with a big fortune.

In a tweet, answering questions from the founder of pop culture blog Barstool Sports, Dave Portnoy, Musk said he wasn’t worried, as “the best people stay”.

The best ones remain, so I’m not too worried.

Twitter staff resigns, leading the company to close some offices as users look for decentralized alternatives