Elon Musk encourages Twitter engineers to fly in for in-person meetings

November 18 (Reuters) – Elon Musk on Friday asked all remaining Twitter employees who write software code to report to the 10th floor of the San Francisco office by early afternoon, according to an email reviewed by Reuters .

The billionaire said in a follow-up email: ‘If possible, I would appreciate it if you could travel to SF to attend in person,’ adding that he would be at the company’s headquarters until midnight and return on Saturday. morning.

He said the engineers should report at 2 p.m. Friday.

The emails came a day after hundreds of Twitter employees reportedly decided to quit the beleaguered social media company after a Thursday deadline from Musk for employees to sign up for ‘long hours at high intensity’ .

The exodus adds to the rapid change and chaos that marked Musk’s first three weeks as Twitter owner, during which the company’s workforce had already been more than halved through layoffs and… other starts at around 3,700.

Twitter announced to employees on Thursday that it would close its offices and cut off access to badges until Monday, according to two sources. Reuters could not immediately confirm whether the headquarters had reopened.

By Friday afternoon, the company had begun cutting off access to company systems to some of the employees who had refused to accept Musk’s offer, a source told Reuters.

Another source said the company plans to close one of Twitter’s three main US data centers, in the SMF1 facility near Sacramento, for cost-cutting reasons.

In his first email to Twitter employees this month, Musk warned that Twitter may not be able to “survive the coming economic downturn.” He also said, “We are also changing Twitter’s policy so that remote work is no longer permitted, unless specifically exempted.”

A White House official also weighed in, saying Twitter should tell Americans how the company protects their data.

Musk said Twitter had reinstated some of the controversial accounts that had been banned or suspended, including satirical site Babylon Bee and comedian Kathy Griffin, adding that the decision to bring back former US President Donald Trump’s account had no impact. been taken yet. When a Twitter user asked Musk to reinstate conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, Musk replied with a curt “no.”

Musk tweeted out a poll later Friday asking his followers to vote yes or no for Trump’s reinstatement. The majority voted yes.

“Vox Populi, Vox Dei,” Musk tweeted, a Latin phrase meaning “the voice of the people is the voice of God.”

Amid the changes, Moody’s withdrew its B1 credit rating for Twitter, saying it had “insufficient or otherwise inadequate information to support maintaining the rating”.

In his Friday emails, Musk ordered employees to email him a summary of what their software code has “achieved” over the past six months, “along with up to 10 screenshots of the most salient lines of code”.

“There will be short tech talks that will give me a better understanding of Twitter’s tech stack,” Musk wrote in one of the emails.

Musk said earlier this week that some Tesla engineers help evaluate Twitter’s engineering teams, but he said it was “voluntary” and “after hours.”

He said he would try to speak with employees remotely via video, and only people who couldn’t physically make it to company headquarters or had a family emergency would be excused.

Musk wrote on Twitter Thursday night that he wasn’t worried about resignations because “the best people stay.”

Reporting by Hyunjoo Jin; Additional reporting by Katie Paul; Written by Sheila Dang and Katie Paul; Editing by Jonathan Oatis, David Gregorio, Emelia Sithole-Matarise and Daniel Wallis

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