On Thursday, Hundreds of workers at Twitter refused to continue working under Elon Musk’s new Vision for the social media Platform, forcing the company’s headquarters to shut abruptly.
Company administrators told workers all buildings were being temporarily closed, effective instantly, and that their capability to the renter with ID access was being suspended for the time being, two people familiar with the company’s action described Azmi Tech. The offices are expected to reopen Monday.
According to a Slack post viewed by Insider, a current employee said the sudden action to close the offices was made to “avoid physical sabotage while they sort out access revocations.”
Platformer newsletter contributor Zoe Schiffer announced the news of the shutdown on Twitter first. The closure occurred about an hour after Musk’s deadline of 5 pm ET for Twitter employees to formally agree to his new, “extremely serious” intentions for the company.
Less than 1⁄2 of the company’s roughly 4,000 surviving employees signed up to work at “Twitter 2.0,” according to Insider, which means they inadvertently quit under the conditions Musk provided in a Tuesday ultimatum.
As reported by Insider, Musk and other executives tried to personally encourage certain “essential” employees to stay with the company because so few personnel accepted his offer.
According to a story in The New York Times, at one of these meetings, several staff members who had joined by videoconference beyond the deadline of 5 pm started to hang up while Musk spoke.
Since Musk gained control of Twitter, offices have shut down unexpectedly twice. Around three weeks ago, Musk started to implement mass layoffs, and the next day the corporation shuttered its doors and forbade staff from entering.
The company explained the decision to close the offices in an email sent at the time, saying it was made to “protect the safety of each employee as well as Twitter systems and client data.”
The shutdown on Thursday occurred a week after Musk informed Twitter staff in his first company-wide email that remote work was no longer permitted at the company, except for “special” projects.
Since then, Elon Musk’s has changed his mind about remote work, declaring on Thursday that it will still be permitted with a manager’s support.