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Twitter Users Give the App A Hilarious — And Slightly Panicked — Send-Off As It Nears Possible Death
On Thursday, a majority of Twitter employees announced their departure with Elon Musk as new CEO, sending the app into a frenzy.
We might be in the last days of Twitter. Less than one month after billionaire CEO and owner Elon Muskacquired the social network, a reported 75% of employees have opted to flee Musk's "Twitter 2.0" system. Problems arose on Thursday night (November 17) after Musk, who fired 7,500 staff members after his $44 billion acquisition, emailed employees an ultimatum. Musk demanded that they commit to a "hardcore" work environment or leave by 5 PM, to which many chose the latter.
“People don’t want to sacrifice their mental health and family lives to make the richest man in the world richer," one recently laid off employee told CNN.
“I don’t want to stick around to build a product that’s being poisoned from the inside and out,” another added.
The "mass exodus" was announced on the social media platform from former employees, including members of the engineering staff who maintain the platform's core system to keep it functional. Following the employees' departure, the headquarters declared that it would be closed until Monday, and workers' badge access would also be cut.
Users – notably members of Black Twitter – went out with a bang, and humorously mourned the "death" of their beloved app with memes and declarations of heading to other platforms like MySpace, Pinterest, and LinkedIn.
\u201cMe looking back at my three followers one last time since Twitter about to shut down #RIPTwitter #TwitterDown \n\u201d— JC (@JC) 1668736385
\u201ccurrently googling how to argue on pinterest since twitter shutting down\u201d— 5hahem aka Dr. Durag (@5hahem aka Dr. Durag) 1668740006
Read more reactions to the possible demise of the app below. For those who are genuinely worried that the platform is nearing its end, you can download or backup your tweets (however, as The Washington Post has noted, there have been reports that the files have been delayed or not being sent to users at all this past week), as well as let followers know where else they can reach you on other social media platforms.
\u201cif and when twitter goes down i just want to extend my best wishes to all of you, even the haters and losers\u201d— b-boy bouiebaisse (@b-boy bouiebaisse) 1668729886
\u201calthough we've come ... to the end of the road ...\u201d— hunter harris (@hunter harris) 1668732096
\u201cif twitter goes down, here\u2019s where you can find me:\n\nin my home enjoying my life\u201d— SungWon Cho (@SungWon Cho) 1668202968