To warn Twitter employees of “difficult times ahead,” Elon Musk sent out his first internal email. The current economic outlook and how it will impact an ad-dependent company like Twitter, he continued, cannot be sugarcoated. Additionally, Musk forbade remote work and would only make exceptions in specific circumstances.
The road ahead is difficult, and success will require a lot of work, Musk wrote. At least 40 hours a week in the office are now required of employees. According to Bloomberg, the Twitter CEO has also taken “days of rest,” a company-wide monthly day off introduced during the pandemic period, out of the staff calendars.
Elon Musk has fired half the workforce, including several top executives, just two weeks after buying Twitter. Lea Kissner, the chief information security officer of Twitter, announced her resignation from the company today. It has also been reported that the company’s chief compliance officer and chief privacy officer have resigned.
Musk also made a number of announcements in the days that followed the acquisition, including changing the price of the Twitter Blue subscription from $20 to $8 and making several changes to the process for receiving the verified blue check. Musk later tweeted that Twitter would be doing “lots of dumb things in coming months” to try and allay user confusion.
According to Bloomberg, Musk also stated in a separate email that removing any verified bots, trolls, or spam will be the top priority “over the next few days.”