- Twitter abruptly closed its offices Thursday amid a mass layoff.
- Employees were asked to leave the house and not be allowed to re-enter until Monday.
- Less than half of the remaining Twitter employees are committed to Elon Musk’s “hardcore” vision.
Twitter’s offices were abruptly shut down on Thursday as hundreds of employees refused to continue working under Elon Musk’s new vision for the social platform.
Company officials told employees that all buildings would be temporarily closed effective immediately and that their ability to rent with ID was suspended for the time being, two people familiar with the company’s action told Insider. The offices are expected to reopen on Monday.
A current employee noted that closing offices is a dramatic move but is “to prevent physical sabotage while they clear access lockdowns,” according to a Slack message that Insiders saw. The closure was first reported on Twitter by Zoe Schiffer of Platformer Newsletter.
The shutdown came about an hour after Musk’s 5 p.m. ET deadline for Twitter employees to officially sign off on his new “extremely hardcore” plans for the company. Less than 50% of the company’s remaining employees of roughly 4,000 employees have signed up for “Twitter 2.0,” according to insiders, meaning they’ve effectively resigned under the terms Musk offered in an ultimatum Tuesday.
So few people took up Musk’s offer that he and other executives tried to personally persuade some “critical” employees to stay with the company, Insider reported. At one such meeting, according to a report by the New York Times, some employees who had joined via video conference hung up after the 5 p.m. deadline, even as Musk continued speaking.
This is the second time offices have been suddenly closed since Musk took over Twitter. The company closed offices and barred employees from entering the night Musk began layoffs about three weeks ago. In an email sent out at the time regarding the office closures, the company said the move was to “ensure the safety of all employees, as well as Twitter systems and customer data.”
Thursday’s closure came a week after Musk sent his first company-wide email to Twitter employees, saying remote work was no longer acceptable at the company except for those doing “exceptional” work. In the days since, Musk has softened his stance on remote work, saying on Thursday that it would continue to be allowed with a manager’s approval and support.
Twitter didn’t respond to Insider’s request for comment.