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Here’s How Journalists Reacted When They Thought Twitter Was Ending

Amid widespread speculation that Twitter would implode Thursday evening, journalists tweeted out bittersweet farewell messages.

SO WHAT

New Twitter owner and CEO Elon Musk is revealing how dependent the news media is on his platform.

WHAT HAPPENED

Musk’s ultimatum to Twitter employees Wednesday — telling them to either buy into his “extremely hardcore” work culture or leave — prompted mass resignations Thursday, The Verge reported.

  • Twitter’s workforce had already been reduced by more than half, to 2,900 employees, by sweeping layoffs and other departures after Musk took over late last month, per The Verge.
  • In an email to staff Thursday, Twitter announced it would be closing all of its offices until Monday, CNBC reported.

WHAT THEY SAID

Many journalists and other media figures appeared convinced that Twitter would collapse any minute, and they posted accordingly.

Cheri Jacobus, podcast host

David Leavitt, independent journalist

Philip Lewis, HuffPost front page editor

Conor Sen, Bloomberg opinion columnist

Ben Collins, NBC News reporter

Aaron Rupar, former Vox reporter

Elie Mystal, The Nation justice correspondent

Olga Khazan, The Atlantic staff writer

Chris Hayes, MSNBC host

Jacob Rubashkin, Inside Elections reporter

Rachel Vindman, podcast host

Mary Trump, author

Wajahat Ali, New York Times contributor

Peter Daou, political blogger

WHAT’S NEXT

Musk evinced calm despite the chaos surrounding the company he recently paid $44 billion to acquire, at one point tweeting that Twitter has never had more users.

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