Twitter has informed its employees that all company office buildings will be closed temporarily, effective immediately. In a message seen by the BBC, employees were told that offices would reopen on Monday 21 November. Twitter did not give a reason for the move.
The announcement comes as reports surface that increasing numbers of staff are quitting due to new owner Elon Musk’s call for them to sign up for “long hours at high intensity” or leave.
The message continued, asking employees to “continue to comply with company policy by refraining from discussing confidential company information on social media, with the press or elsewhere.”
There have been reports of high numbers of resignations from workers who are unwilling to accept Elon Musk’s new terms. A former Twitter employee who wished to remain anonymous told the BBC that there will most likely be less than 2,000 people left at the company after everything has settled.
They claimed that everyone in their team had been fired.
“The manager of that team, his manager was fired. And then that manager’s manager was fired. The person above that was one of the execs fired on the first day. So, there’s nobody left in that chain of command.”
Another person said they are resigning due to the long hours they were being asked to work, even though they had been prepared for it.
“I didn’t want to work for someone who threatened us over email multiple times about only ‘exceptional tweeps should work here’ when I was already working 60-70 hours weekly,” they said.