Twitter is still up and running after Reuters reported that “the public version of Twitter was at risk of breaking during the night”
Let’s face it, the US mainstream media hate Elon Musk. They’ve been going after him since he became the CEO of Tesla in 2008. Elon Musk even lashed out at the media’s ‘relentless hatestream’ of bad reporting back in February.
“The holier-than-thou hypocrisy of big media companies who lay claim to the truth, but publish only enough to sugarcoat the lie, is why the public no longer respects them,” Musk tweeted. So, why’s this important?
Yesterday, Reuters reported that “Twitter employees start exiting after Elon Musk’s ultimatum.” The report was based on an email Musk sent a day earlier about his plan to build a breakthrough Twitter 2.0 and the need for a cultural reset.
With the subject line “A Fork in the Road,” Musk told Twitter employees they have till 5 PM ET on Thursday to commit to being “extremely hardcore” or accept three months of severance upon their exiting the company. Musk wrote:
“Going forward, to build a breakthrough Twitter 2.0 and succeed in an increasingly competitive world, we will need to be extremely hardcore.” Musk added, “This will mean working long hours at high intensity. Only exceptional performance will constitute a passing grade.”
Following the email, hundreds of remaining Twitter employees resigned from the company following the email, Reuters reported, citing familiar sources.
But buried deep in the story is the excerpt below, claiming that the source estimated that the public version of Twitter was at risk of breaking during the night :
“On Thursday evening, the version of the Twitter app used by employees began slowing down, according to one source familiar with the matter, who estimated that the public version of Twitter was at risk of breaking during the night.”
“If it does break, there is no one left to fix things in many areas,” the person said, who declined to be named for fear of retribution.
The news quickly spread like a wildfire on Twitter with the hashtag #RIPTwitter. Musk even joked about the Reuter’s story with a meme of the Twitter logo on a grave.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 18, 2022
Although Reuters reported last night that “reports of Twitter outages rose sharply from less than 50 to about 350 reports on Thursday evening, according to the website Downdetector,” Twitter is still up and running as of the time of writing (8:12 AM EST).
The fact that Twitter is still operational with fewer employees further shows that Musk made the right decision to let go of half of Twitter’s 7,500 employees. On November 4, Musk fired half of Twitter’s 7,500 workforce, with roughly 2,900 employees remaining before the deadline Thursday.
One Twitter user Ian Miles Cheong summed it up nicely.
“Given how the layoffs had no impact whatsoever on Twitter’s operations and development, you have to wonder how many of them were actually even working. Seems like of the 7,500 people Twitter employed (not including contractors), at least half of them were woke DEI officers.”
Given how the layoffs had no impact whatsoever on Twitter's operations and development, you have to wonder how many of them were actually even working. Seems like of the 7,500 people Twitter employed (not including contractors), at least half of them were woke DEI officers.
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) November 18, 2022