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Varadkar confirms that at least 140 jobs are gone at Twitter in Dublin




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Twitter temporarily closed its offices in Dublin and other locations around the world as more staff decided to leave, raising new concerns about the site’s ability to stay online.

According to reports in the US, the social media giant closed its offices until Monday for fears that disgruntled staff could sabotage the company.

It comes after hundreds of workers are said to have rejected an ultimatum from new owner Elon Musk to sign up for longer, busier work hours to build a new ‘hardcore’ Twitter – Musk said those who didn’t sign up would quit. spend.

Twitter’s boss had emailed staff on Wednesday asking them to click Yes on a form confirming they would stay with the company under its new rules, and those who didn’t last night received three months’ severance pay.

The number of staff members choosing to leave appears to have taken Musk and his team by surprise.

The billionaire has now backtracked on his insistence that everyone work from the office- his initial rejection of remote work had alienated many employees who survived the first round of layoffs.

And he toned down his earlier tone in an email to employees, writing that “all that is required for approval is that your manager takes responsibility for ensuring you are making an excellent contribution”, reports RTE.

Since he took over Twitter less than three weeks ago, Musk has cut half of the company’s 7,500 full-time employees and an unknown number of contractors responsible for content moderation and other crucial efforts.

Many have now taken to Twitter to say goodbye to their colleagues, while there are reports of hundreds of employees confirming in private message channels that they will be leaving.

As a result, concerns have been raised that the platform could struggle to stay online as large numbers of people who maintain it leave the company, and that any issues that arise could take longer to resolve without key engineers capable of handle those problems.

#RIPTwitter and #GoodbyeTwitter have been trending on the platform, as users are also considering leaving the site and some have begun directing followers to their accounts on other platforms.

The Tesla and SpaceX boss continued to tweet during the ongoing turmoil, often mocking concerns raised about the company by posting memes and jokes about the situation.

He also said the concerns were driving more traffic to the site, saying that overnight the company “just hit another all-time high in Twitter usage”, reports RTE.

The departures include many engineers responsible for fixing bugs and preventing outages, raising questions about the stability of the platform amid the loss of employees.

Last night, the version of the Twitter app used by employees began to slow down, according to a source familiar with the matter, who estimated that the public version of Twitter was in danger of crashing overnight.

Reports of Twitter outages have risen dramatically from less than 50 to around 350 reports, according to the website Downdetector, which tracks website and app outages.

In a private Signal chat with about 50 Twitter employees, nearly 40 said they had decided to leave, according to the former employee.

And in a private Slack group for current and former Twitter employees, some 360 ​​people have joined a new channel titled “voluntary layoffs,” said a person familiar with the Slack group.

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