Petulant pimple, lawless oligarch, space Karen, and megalomaniac, are just a few of the terms reportedly being projected about Elon Musk on the building of Twitter Headquarters in San Francisco. The latest fiasco comes just hours after hundreds of employees resigned after Elon Musk’s deadline for pledging loyalty ended at 5 pm on Thursday.
Musk has since then, put out memes, one of which shows Twitter bird on a gravestone. But as people spoke of critical engineers leaving Twitter, Musk tweeted assuring: “The best people are staying, so I’m not super worried”. The latest though further invokes the stress around the question of whether Twitter is going to close down.
The Guardian reported that by Thursday evening (Eastern Time), employees’ version of the Twitter app began slowing down. According to one source, the British daily said, that the public version of Twitter was at risk of breaking during the night. Website DownDetector reported a significant uptick in user reports of issues on the site.
Editor of The Verge, Alex Heath tweeted that multiple employees had said that the odds of Twitter breaking in the near future were very high. What has also made chatter around Twitter’s future louder is that it has closed its offices till Monday, November 21, and the #RIPTwitter is trending.
Twitter has become a hugely used social media network, with approximately 290.5 million monthly active users worldwide, in 2019. Musk who bought Twitter for what is said an overly hiked price of $44bilion has made known his plans to monetize from the site by including paid twitter verification.
In one of his strategies to save money, he fired around 3,700 employees and those who criticized him.