Are Twitter’s days coming to an end?

Bella Lee, Staff writer

Twitter is a social media giant that has been around since 2006. It has seen the rise and fall of social media platforms such as Myspace, as well as the rise and continued growth of social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram.

It has stood the test of time, but with Elon Musk’s acquisition of the platform on Oct. 27, its reign might just come to an end. Ever since Musk’s acquisition and abrupt policy changes, employees have been leaving in mass migrations. In just over a month, between 1,000 and 1,300 employees have resigned, after Musk has implemented schedules that have included 80-hour work weeks and not allowing employees to work from home.

Additionally, Musk has not followed through with many of his promises to employees, with one former employee taking to Twitter to express his frustrations. The employee was promised three months of severance pay if he were to resign, only to be suddenly fired shortly after and only being given four weeks of severance pay. This has been part of Musk’s ultimatum to either work the 80-hour work weeks (equal to approximately 11.5 hours of work per day) or quit with the three months of severance pay, to which fewer than 50% of the less than 4,000 workers left remaining have agreed on.

To add fuel to the fire, this was already after he laid off half of the company. This could mean that Twitter will lose up to an additional 2,000 workers if Musk sticks to this plan. This all culminated on Nov. 17, the deadline for the ultimatum to be made, when all of Twitter’s offices abruptly shut down.

It is said that the closure occurred in order to prevent physical sabotage while the company sorts out access revocations. In other words, it seems like Twitter is concerned that its disgruntled employees could wreak havoc on their way out the door. The offices closing and the throes of employees leaving have left many concerned that this is the end of the line for Twitter.

While Twitter is not the largest social media platform, it is still a popular one. Large platforms need teams of people working day in and day out to make sure they run as they should. Users now fear that the company simply will not have enough people left to keep it running—especially with Twitter offices closed.

With Musk’s new additions such as paying $8 a month to have the blue check mark of verification next to people’s usernames, it is no surprise that this is a concern among users. As big as Twitter is, an actual shutdown is not totally likely to occur. Peter Clowes, a senior software engineer at the company who resigned earlier this month, took to Twitter to explain his frustrations and why he left the company in a long thread.

“If I stayed I would’ve been on call constantly with little support for an indeterminate amount of time on several ad-ditional complex systems I had no experience in,” Clowes said. “There was no vision shared with us…It allegedly is coming for those who stayed but the ask was blind faith and required signing away the severance offer before seeing it. Pure loyalty test.”

Right now, Twitter users do not have to worry about the platform shutting down just yet, but in the event that it does, Twitter has many ways that you can download an archive of your accounts. Hopefully Twitter will stick around for longer, but with what Musk has in store, we will not know until we see it for our-selves.