Twitter is in crisis mode after employees walk out over faith in leadership.
Twitter is in a state of disarray after employees walked out over their lack of faith in the company’s leadership. This comes after a judge ruled that Twitter must release all of the data their former General Manager had to Elon Musk.
Business insider writes. A steady stream of Twitter employees have left the company in recent weeks, fed up with the ongoing drama of Elon Musk’s stalled acquisition, how executive leadership has handled it, or both.
“I’m just mentally exhausted,” one current employee who is actively looking to leave the company said. They pointed to the media attention Musk’s involvement in the company has generated, which has become a regular distraction for many employees
Another worker said they and many colleagues effectively lost respect for executive leadership at the company, led by CEO Parag Agrawal, due to the way “the Musk situation” has been handled and communicated. Agrawal took over from co-founder Jack Dorsey late last year after spending many years in engineering roles at the company.
All of this fighting is taking a toll on morale at Twitter, as employees flee the company.
“The general consensus among the majority of us is they’re doing a poor job,” said an employee who just left the company for another in the tech field. The communication since Musk launched his takeover-turned acquisition-turned lawsuit has been too vague, the person said, with “fiduciary duty” becoming an inside joke on internal Slack channels. The phrase was used in almost every communication from executives to employees about Musk in the early weeks of the acquisition. Now, communication about the deal and the lawsuit is almost non-existent, save for brief missives from company lawyers. Combined with sudden firings of executives, a hiring freeze, and layoffs, workers feel further blindsided by changes and C-suite decisions.
Yahoo finance writes. Elon Musk will receive some of the extra information he’s demanded from Twitter in its lawsuit against him, and he’s trying for even more, yahoo has learned. Judge Kathleen St. Jude McCormick on Monday ordered Twitter to comply in part with a motion to compel from Musk’s attorneys. They requested documents from 22 additional Twitter employees they said had information on the company’s process of analyzing spam or “bot” accounts. Twitter is already handing over information from some 41 so-called “custodians” of information as part of the case. Musk’s motion to compel for the additional documentation was filed last week confidentially, which means it doesn’t appear on the court’s docket. Nor did his counterclaims that accuse Twitter of a fraudulent “scheme” around its user numbers and metrics. McCormick’s order was made available on the docket.
Given the current state of the Twitter purchase by Musk it is not surprising that the employees would feel stressed out. But Twitter has done a lot of work to keep its bot records secret. Now that the light of truth will be shown in Twitter’s dark basement, who knows where the rats will scurry to.