NEW YORK — Elon Musk says Twitter is a software program and servers firm at its coronary heart and has requested workers to determine by Thursday night in the event that they need to stay part of the enterprise, based on an electronic mail despatched by the corporate’s new proprietor to its remaining employees.
Musk wrote that workers “will should be extraordinarily hardcore” to construct “a breakthrough Twitter 2.0″ and that lengthy hours at excessive depth can be wanted for achievement.
Musk, who additionally heads Tesla and SpaceX, mentioned Twitter can be way more engineering-driven, with workers who write “nice code” comprising nearly all of the group.
The billionaire, who accomplished the $44 billion takeover of the San Francisco firm in late October, fired a lot of its full-time workforce by electronic mail early this month and is anticipated to remove an untold variety of contract jobs for these liable for combating misinformation and different dangerous content material. Quite a few engineers additionally mentioned on Twitter they had been fired this week after saying one thing essential of Musk, both publicly on Twitter or on an inner messaging board for Twitter workers.
Musk has vowed to ease restrictions on what customers can say on the platform. Whereas he has been criticized from virtually all sides for probably opening the gates at Twitter to hate and different dangerous speech, he has tried to reassure advertisers, which drive many of the social platform’s income, that any rule modifications won’t harm their manufacturers by associating them with dangerous content material.
Musk has additionally indicated that he plans to renew Twitter’s premium service — which grants blue-check “verification” labels to anybody prepared to pay $8 a month – on November 29. The billionaire mentioned in a tweet that the relaunch would happen later this month in an effort to verify the service is “rock strong.”
Musk requested staff to click on sure on a hyperlink offered within the electronic mail in the event that they need to be a part of the “new Twitter.” He mentioned that workers had till 5 p.m. Jap on Thursday to answer to the hyperlink. Workers who do not reply by that point will obtain three months of severance, based on the e-mail.
“No matter determination you make, thanks to your efforts to make Twitter profitable,” Musk wrote.