NEW YORK: Twitter’s new boss Elon Musk has asked staff to choose by Thursday between being “extremely hardcore” and working intense, long hours, or losing their jobs, according to an internal memo published by several US media.

The Tesla tycoon has come under fire for radical changes at the social media company, which he bought for $44 billion late last month.

He has fired half of the company’s 7,500 staff, scrapped a work-from-home policy, and imposed long hours, all while his attempts to overhaul Twitter have faced chaos and delays.

“Going forward, to build a breakthrough Twitter 2.0 and succeed in an increasingly competitive world, we will need to be extremely hardcore,” Musk wrote in the internal memo.

“This will mean working long hours at high intensity.

Only exceptional performance will constitute a passing grade,” he added.

Staff have been asked to follow a link to affirm their commitment to “the new Twitter” by 5pm New York time on Thursday. If they do not do so, they will lose their jobs, receiving three months of severance pay.

Twitter did not respond to requests for comment on the new measure.

Published in Dawn, November 17th, 2022

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