Amid widespread speculation that Twitter would implode Thursday evening, journalists tweeted out bittersweet farewell messages.
New Twitter owner and CEO Elon Musk is revealing how dependent the news media is on his platform.
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