World Cup risks knocking out Twitter after staff exodus, industry expert warns | Science & Tech News

Twitter has temporarily closed its offices as more staff leave the troubled social media giant, sparking warnings about the site’s ability to stay online during the World Cup.

The company’s move to close its doors until Monday was apparently prompted by fears that departing employees could “sabotage” the company.

The latest unrest comes after hundreds of workers were laid off an ultimatum from new owner Elon Musk to sign up for longer, more intense work hours in order to create a new “super hardcore” Twitter.

The billionaire tycoon, who acquired the platform in a $44 billion acquisition last monthhe said that those who did not sign would be fired.

The Twitter boss emailed staff on Wednesday, asking them to click yes on a form to confirm they would stay with the company under its new rules, and those who hadn’t by Thursday afternoon would be given three months’ severance pay.

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

The businessman then backtracked on his insistence that everyone work in the office, with his initial rejection of remote working angering many employees.

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Musk also softened his previous tone in an email to employees, writing that “all that’s required for approval is that your manager takes responsibility for making sure you make an outstanding contribution.”

He added that workers are expected to have “face-to-face meetings with your colleagues at a reasonable rate, ideally weekly, but no less than once a month.”

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Since taking over Twitter less than three weeks ago, Musk has cut staff

Since taking over Twitter less than three weeks ago, Musk has cut in half its full-time staff of 7,500 and also laid off contractors responsible for content moderation and other critical tasks.

Many have taken to Twitter to say goodbye to their colleagues, and there are reports of hundreds of employees confirming in private messaging channels that they are leaving.

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As a result, concerns have been raised that the platform could struggle to stay online as large numbers of people tasked with maintaining it leave the company, and that any issues that do arise may take longer to resolve without key engineers to troubleshoot. .

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

The Tesla and SpaceX boss has continued to tweet throughout the ongoing turmoil, often mocking the concerns raised about the company by posting memes and making light of the situation.

“How do you make a small fortune on social media? Start with a big one,” he joked.

He also claimed the controversy drove more traffic to the site, saying that overnight the company “just hit another all-time high in Twitter usage.”

But industry expert Matt Navarra warned the platform was under increased pressure as key engineers tasked with maintaining the site leave as a major event – the World Cup – starts this weekend at Catarrh.

He said: “There are reports of groups that are critical to some of Twitter’s infrastructure systems that are now completely empty – those groups have been completely decimated.

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“And so if there’s something that goes wrong or breaks or there’s a sudden spike in activity, then Twitter’s ability to fix it or deal with it is greatly reduced because of the lack of skilled engineers that teams have now.”

Some Twitter users have started pointing their followers to their accounts on other platforms with uncertainty about the site’s ability to stay online.

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Mr Navara believes any impending blackout is unlikely.

He said: “There is a code freeze and Twitter is on autopilot right now with its IT systems and this is a strategic move by Elon Musk to protect the stability of the platform while he figures out the next move.

“But with the World Cup just around the corner, this will be a real test of Twitter’s resilience and ability to maintain a platform during a busy season.

“So if there’s ever going to be a time when it goes offline, I think the biggest risk right now is going to be in some of the key moments of the World Cup.”

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