Elon Musk Gives Twitter Staff ‘Hardcore’ Ultimatum, Says Will Find New Leader

Chief Twit Elon Musk has told the remaining Twitter employees to be prepared to be “extremely hardcore” or to get out. 

The new owner of the social media platform sent an ultimatum out to the remaining Twitter employees that they needed to decide by today whether to stay at the company or quit. 

In an email to staff entitled “A Fork in the Road,” Musk said Twitter would “need to be extremely hardcore” to succeed.

Those who choose to stay should expect long, intense hours of work. Those who leave will receive three months’ severance pay, he wrote. However, lawyers have been quick to point out there has not yet been any sign of severance for those laid off previously, who were also promised the same. 

The combative message is the latest sign of escalating tensions inside Twitter. 

The social media platform has descended into chaos and confusion since the richest man in the world completed his $44 billion takeover in October.

While the staff is expected to increase their hardcore-ness, Musk said he expects to reduce his time at Twitter and eventually find a new leader to run the platform. 

Musk made the remarks while testifying in a Delaware court to defend against claims that his $56 billion pay package at Tesla was based on easy-to-achieve performance targets and was approved by a compliant board of directors. 

“There’s an initial burst of activity needed post-acquisition to reorganize the company,” Musk said in his testimony.

“I expect to reduce my time at Twitter and find somebody else to run Twitter over time,” he added.

However, Musk later said in a tweet that he will continue to run Twitter until it is in a strong place, though it will “take some time.”

Rapid change has occurred at the company since Musk’s acquisition, including a gutting of senior management and laying off half the workforce.

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