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Elon Musk gives ‘stay or leave’ ultimatum

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Elon Musk, the new owner of Twitter, told employees that they have until Thursday evening to do “extremely hardcore” work or leave the company. CNN got a copy of an internal email sent late at night by the billionaire.

Musk wrote in the memo, “Going forward, if we want to build a breakthrough Twitter 2.0 and do well in a world that is getting more and more competitive, we will have to be very tough.” “This means I’ll have to work hard for a long time. The only way to get a passing grade is to do well.”

Musk says in the memo that Twitter will be “much more engineering-driven,” and then he gives the staff a choice. “If you want to be part of the new Twitter, click yes on the link below,” the email said, sending staff to what looked like an online form.

Musk said that any worker who has yet to leave by Thursday at 5 p.m. ET would get three months’ pay. Washington Post first reported the memo.

The email comes after Musk, and Twitter employees have had public and private fights about how he runs the company. It also comes after Musk fired Twitter’s top executives, got rid of the board of directors. And let go of about half the staff, including key roles in the curation, wellness, public policy, and other teams.

Wednesday, he talked about his Tesla pay package in a trial in Delaware. Musk said that he thinks Twitter’s “fundamental organizational restructuring” will be done by the end of this week. But he said that even though he has spent most of his time on Twitter. Unlike his other businesses in the past few weeks, he thinks this will only sometimes be the case.

Elon Musk and his lofty ambitions for Twitter

Elon Musk has set big goals for how he wants to change the platform. He wants to improve the company’s bottom line quickly, so he gives his staff goals and tells them to work hard to reach them. Sadly, Musk is also said to have asked employees to do things that were not clear. For example, you could ask them to print out dozens of pages of code they just wrote and then change direction.

At least one Twitter worker tweeted about sleeping on the office floor. Musk said he has slept on the floor in a Tesla factory while working up to 120 hours a week.

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Elon Musk has faced  pushback and worry from Twitter employees. In one case, employees gave Musk and his team a document with concerns about his plan to start a system where users could pay to get a verification checkmark. This happened earlier this month. Musk launched the system but didn’t use many of the suggested safety measures. And some of the employees’ worst fears came actual quickly. So, two days after the system went live, Twitter stopped rolling it out and said Tuesday that he plans to start it up again later this month.

Musk told the staff that he appreciated them no matter their decisions.

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