the platform could stop working tonight

Twitter: the crisis continues. As Elon Musk continues to force a 180 degree turn on an ever-shrinking number of employees, the very stability of the platform would now be at stake. Sources have indeed confirmed that Twitter could cease to operate soon.

Twitter: the crisis continues

The speed at which Elon Musk makes structural changes to Twitter is unprecedented for a company of this size. After laying off many of the employees and refusing to let the remaining ones work from home, the man decided to ask them to prove that they were “hardcore” enough to be able to stay with the company.

Absolutely unpopular decisions, which led to an exodus of the remaining employees: a recent employee survey showed that 42% of the 180 people questioned had decided to leave. 25% remained, but “unwillingly“.

A discontent that forced Musk to rare concessions. Several people were rehired, and the ban on working from home was lifted, in an attempt to retain employees. But at this point, Twitter no longer has a communications-related department, and many key areas have been scuttled. Which calls into question the very existence of the social network.

👉 On the same subject – 50% of the workforce laid off: Twitter “loses more than 4 million dollars a day”

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Will Twitter stop working?

Among the employees who left the ship, willingly or by force, were indeed engineers and platform stability managers. As the teams responsible for fixing the bugs are disbanded, the company’s internal Twitter network started to slow down yesterday. And the technical issues could quickly spread to the public version, according to an inside source.

The platform could indeed stop working tonight, because no one would be able to fix it:

If it breaks, there is no one to fix elements of a large number of domains.»

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A possibility that does not seem to worry Elon Musk, the latter posting jokes on Twitter since yesterday:

A joke that isn’t a joke? Elon Musk indeed raised the possibility of a bankruptcy of Twitter, in an internal meeting. According to the New York Times, the billionaire claimed that the company simply did not have enough cash to survive. It should be noted, however, that the billionaire confirmed that the network had made a record of use last night, even though the premises were closed.

Does the Twitter case show us the need for communication platforms more decentralized and less dependent on a big boss? If we do not know what the future of Twitter will be, it is likely that this will transform certain uses of social networks in the long term.

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