Twitter is a remote workplace and has operated as such for years. It is a fundamental change in our employment contracts to require 40 hours a week in the office. Personally, I do not believe that Twitter employees have an obligation to return to their jobs. Certainly not without notice (not at all).
I also remind all Tweeps (at least in the US) that we have an unlimited PTO policy. All Tweeps are PTO capable. Today might be a good day to rest and rejuvenate.
Everyone here should also know that our CISO, Chief Privacy Officer and Chief Compliance Officer ALL resigned last night. This news will be buried in the back-to-office drama. I believe this is intentional.
Over the past two weeks. Elon has shown that he only cares about recouping the losses he incurs due to his inability to evade his binding obligation to buy Twitter. He chose to make this deal! We all face this because of the choices he made.
Elon has shown that his only priority with Twitter users is how to monetize them. I don’t think he cares about human rights activists. dissidents, our users in non-monetizable regions, and all other users who have made Twitter the global public square that you have all spent so long building, and that we all love.
I’ve heard Alex Spiro (current General Counsel) say that Elon is willing to take a lot of risk with this company and its users because “Elon puts rockets in space, he doesn’t have not afraid of the FTC”. I heard another legal department manager say that due to the tight (two week?!) SLAs between product inception and launch, the legal department “will have to shift the burden to the engineers” to certify themselves compliance with the requirements of the FTC and other laws. This will place engineers at enormous personal, professional and legal risk: I anticipate that you will all be depressurized by management to make changes that will likely lead to major incidents.
All of this is extremely dangerous for our users. Additionally, since the FTC can (and will!) fine Twitter BILLIONS of dollars pursuant to the FTC’s consent order, which is extremely detrimental to Twitter’s longevity as a platform. form. Our users deserve so much better than this.
If you feel uncomfortable about anything you are being asked to do, you can call Twitter’s Ethics Hotline at (800) 275-4843 or submit a report at ethicalhelpline.twitter.com. Please also note that the FTC number is: 1-877-FTC-HELP. You may also remember that Mudge contacted httos://whistlebloweraid.org
I wish you good luck. It was such an honor to work with all of you. And I’m going to take a PTO day today. 💙