Elon Musk’s all-hands assembly with Twitter workers on Thursday reportedly did not persuade some employees who stay fiercely against the billionaire’s $44 billion takeover, in keeping with an engineer who attended the gathering.
The Twitter engineer, who spoke on situation of anonymity, stated Musk’s remarks on subjects starting from potential layoffs to distant work to aliens had renewed skepticism amongst some colleagues who worry what Musk’s presence would imply for the social media agency.
“It appeared like a few of my colleagues had been experiencing ‘Musk-derangement syndrome’ once more. I suppose it’s the direct reverse of the “Musk-fanboy syndrome,” the unnamed Twitter engineer advised Business Insider.
“For me, the assembly motivated me and took me again to my north star of doing one thing properly whereas I’m at Twitter,” the engineer added.
Musk doubled down on his dedication to purchase Twitter in the course of the all-hands assembly regardless of a latest stall in negotiations as a consequence of his issues about spam bots throughout the platform’s person base.
However some employees have been against the acquisition from the beginning, citing Musk’s penchant for confrontation on Twitter and fears he’ll enable extra dangerous content material.
The engineer stated Musk “solely briefly spoke about bots” in the course of the assembly and “made it sound prefer it was a on condition that he was buying Twitter,” in keeping with Insider.
“I’m not apprehensive about his on-line presence reflecting poorly on Twitter as an organization or its share value,” the engineer stated. “If he took Twitter public once more after making it personal, it could possibly be a difficulty. However thus far, I believe it’s solely benefited him.”
Musk’s potential plans to overtake Twitter’s enterprise are one other supply of concern amongst workers. The Tesla CEO purportedly pitched bankers on his plans to chop prices whereas elevating financing for his acquisition bid.
Musk additionally got here out firmly towards distant work at Tesla – sparking hypothesis about what stance he would take for Twitter employees if the deal closes.
When requested about distant work in the course of the all-hands assembly, Musk stated some Twitter workers can be permitted to remain house however it’s “a lot better if you’re on location bodily.”
“If somebody can solely work remotely and so they’re distinctive, it wouldn’t make sense to fireside them,” Musk reportedly stated.
The unnamed engineer stated some colleagues weren’t happy with Musk’s remarks.
“Individuals are flipping out about these feedback. And that is smart,” the engineer stated. “Many individuals don’t stay in San Francisco or close to one other Twitter workplace. What requires a much bigger dialog is what we’re going to do about individuals who joined the corporate as distant employees.”
A supply told CNBC that many of the reactions to Musk’s look on Twitter’s inner Slack messaging board had been adverse – with employees additionally griping a couple of diminished emphasis on content material moderation and inclusivity on the platform.