Twitter staff are told in emergency meeting that their jobs are only safe for six months until Musk completes his $44bn takeover as they demand to know if they will be forced to return to office

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Some Twitter staff have reacted with horror to Elon Musk’s takeover of the company, according to internal chats shared online
The company has frozen planned changes to the service until Friday, amid what Bloomberg speculated was concern that a rogue employee could ‘push something or mess with the product on the way out the door’
In message rooms staff vented about their trepidation over working for the mercurial South African
Others in a staff meeting held at 5pm ET worried whether they would still be able to work from home, and asked about their share options
CEO Parag Agrawal told staff that their jobs were safe for the moment, saying there would be no layoffs until Musk took over in six months, and reassuring them about their stock options and benefits
He would not be drawn on whether Donald Trump would be allowed back to the platform: Trump said on Monday he has no wish to, and Agrawal said it was a decision for the Musk
Agrawal said he was ‘proud of our teams and inspired by the work that has never been more important’
Chair Bret Taylor said the board ‘conducted thoughtful and comprehensive process to assess Elon’s proposal’
The founder of Tesla and SpaceX, 50, agreed to pay shareholders $54.20 in cash for each share
The move shifts control of the social media platform populated by millions of users to the world’s richest man
The Tesla magnate vowed to protect free speech online, ‘defeat the spam bots’ and ‘authenticate all humans’
He said he would ‘enhance the product with new features’ and ‘make algorithms open source to increase trust’

“O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker.”  Psalms 95:6 (KJV) 

Twitter staff have been told that their jobs are safe for at least six months, until Elon Musk takes over under the terms of a $44 billion deal to take control of the company, agreed on Monday.

CEO Parag Agrawal and Bret Taylor, the chair of the board, addressed staff at 5pm ET on Monday – dodging questions about whether Donald Trump would be allowed to rejoin, and saying instead that it was a question for Musk.

‘It’s important to acknowledge that all of you have many different feelings about what is happening,’ Agrawal said, according to two people who attended the meeting and spoke to The New York Times.

‘Some of you are concerned, some are you are excited, and some of you are waiting to see how this goes. I know this affects all of you personally.

‘It is an emotional day, and I just want to acknowledge it.’

Concerns about immediate job losses were allayed, with employees told that business will operate as usual until a deal closes in next six months, Bloomberg’s Kurt Wagner reported.

Staff were told there would be no layoffs ‘at this time’ – but no guarantees were provided when Musk takes over.

But in a sign of the possible internal unrest, new product launches were delayed amid fears, Bloomberg speculated, that employees could ‘go rogue’ and ‘push something or mess with the product on the way out the door.’

Ahead of the meeting, staff were asked to submit questions, and many were asking about a possible forced return to the office for the all-remote workforce. Others fretted about their shares, journalist Yashar Ali reported.

In internal message rooms there was uproar, The New York Times reported.

‘I feel like im going to throw up..I rly don’t wanna work for a company that is owned by Elon Musk,’ one staffer said, according to their reporter Talmon Smith.

Smith’s source told him that it was ‘absolutely insane’ in the internal chat rooms.

Another Twitter employee reportedly complained: ‘I don’t rly know what I’m supposed to do…oh my god, my phone’s been blowing up…We have a meeting about it at 5pm…the CEO is going to address everyone about it’ (it=elon).

‘I hate him, why does he even want this?’

The billionaire agreed to pay shareholders $54.20 in cash for each share of common stock before the bombshell deal was struck.

The move shifts control of the social media platform populated by millions of users and global leaders to the world’s richest person.

Musk vowed to protect free speech on Twitter, ‘defeat the spam bots’ and ‘authenticate all humans’ as he welcomed the acquisition.

He also revealed he planned to ‘enhance the product with new features’ and ‘make the algorithms open source to increase trust’.

But within the company, there was turmoil at the announcement.

I feel like he’s this petulant little boy and that he’s doing this to troll…he doesn’t know anything about our policies and what we do…his statement about our algo was f****** insane…

‘Were just gonna let everyone run amok?…nobody knows,’ the employee said, according to the New York Times.

Some Twitter staff were ‘openly rebelling’ against Musk, one observer noted, posting a screen shot of Twitter’s official Github site and posting a public response entitled ‘The Algorithm’, with zero code.

Ali, meanwhile, reported that many of the staff’s concerns related to their perks rather than the direction of the platform.

‘Lots of questions about work from home…Twitter has become a permanent work from home option company and there are concerns about @elonmusk’s statements/actions in the past about work from home and whether that will continue when he takes over,’ Ali tweeted.

‘Understandably lots of questions about what this sale will mean for employee stock options/grants. Someone asks if any employee protection measures were negotiated as part of this deal. Another person asks if this means there will be a hiring freeze until the deal closes.’

Other, Ali said, asked if there was a ‘go shop clause’ – essentially a provision that would allow the Twitter board to seek an alternative offer before the agreement was completed.

Others wanted to understand how the process had unfolded.

‘Another Twitter employee asks: ‘how did we go from poison pill to this so quickly?”

Last month the tech giant announced it was reopening its offices around the world, but in the same statement, which called staff Tweeps, Agrawal said no-one had to go back in if they chose not to.

‘As we open back up our approach remains the same,’ Agrawal said.

‘Wherever you feel most productive and creative is where you will work and that includes working from home full-time forever.

‘Office every day? That works too. Some days in office, some days from home? Of course. That’s actually how most of you feel.

‘Details on logistics, dates, safety message measures, and how we work will be coming soon from Pat and Tracy to whom I am deeply grateful, along with the amazing cross functional team that carried us through the past two years.

‘And thank you to the tweeps who have in office roles, like our data centres, who have been coming into work for the past two years and continue to show up for us and our customers every single day. We appreciate you.

‘I look forward to seeing you all back at the office or perhaps at an event, somewhere in your home city, or mine? Can’t wait.’

Twitter was one of the first in the tech business to urge employees to work remotely when the coronavirus first emerged in the US in mid-March 2020.

It is unclear if Agrawal addressed the remote work setup on Monday.

But he told employees that their stock opt…

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