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Resignations Roil Twitter as Elon Musk Tries Persuading Some Staff to Stay


A spokesman for the F.T.C. declined to comment. The agency previously said it was “tracking recent developments at Twitter with deep concern.” Mr. Musk has said he plans to abide by the privacy agreement.

Jeff Seibert, a former head of consumer product at Twitter, called the corporate’s situation “sad” and “disappointing” and said Mr. Musk’s leadership had caused “confusion” for users, advertisers and employees. Twitter, which has long grappled with harassment and misinformation on its platform, “has been at the middle of a maelstrom for a decade,” he said.

“Of all the businesses that don’t need more drama, it’s Twitter,” Mr. Seibert added.

After Mr. Musk asked employees to make a decision whether to remain or go, employees were supplied with an F.A.Q. document about exit packages on Wednesday. The F.A.Q., which was viewed by The Times, opened by saying Mr. Musk’s ultimatum was an “official company communication” and “not a phishing attempt.”

“As you may have seen, Twitter is at first of an exciting journey,” the document read.

The F.A.Q. added that employees would should “maximize working from an office” and “work the hours needed to do your job at the very best level,” including early mornings, late nights and weekends.

On Thursday morning, Twitter’s internal Slack messaging system appeared relatively quiet, based on two employees and logs seen by The Times. Mr. Musk’s team had spent a part of this week combing through messages or tweets that criticized him and the corporate, which led to the firing of about two dozen employees on Tuesday.

Some employees on Slack had questions on severance packages or whether their jobs were “guaranteed” in the event that they agreed to remain “with the brand new Twitter.” One worker posted lyrics from Pink Floyd’s song “Wish You Were Here” as others asked concerning the appropriate email addresses for human resource concerns, based on messages seen by The Times.

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