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A letter, ostensibly composed by and on behalf of some Twitter employees, surfaced online this week — to very poor reviews. The writers of the letter "demand" that Elon Musk maintain "the current headcount" at Twitter, as well as the fringe benefits and "safety" so many employees have enjoyed, should Musk's acquisition of the Big Tech platform proceed as expected. However, critics responded to the letter by accusing Twitter employees of acting like spoiled brats.
Time acquired a draft of the letter, which the Independent claimed "has not yet been published but has been circulating around Twitter’s staff." In the letter, the writers make a series of demands, including:
- a "respect [for] the platform and the workers who maintain it by committing to preserving the current headcount";
- "safety" from discrimination, including discrimination based on "political beliefs";
- "safety" for foreign employees whose visa status may be jeopardized if they lose their jobs; and
The letter comes in response to reports that Musk intends to downsize staffing levels by as much as 75%, from 7,500 employees down to 2,000, as soon as he takes over the company.
Such "negligent layoff threats" "will hurt Twitter’s ability to serve the public conversation" and act as a form "of worker intimidation," the letter signers insist.
The letter closes with the request that the undersigned "not be treated as mere pawns in a game played by billionaires."
Despite the seriousness with which Twitter employees seem to view the matter, many on the right see their list of demands as little more than a digital temper tantrum.
Editor in chief of the National Pulse Raheem Kassam referred to it as the wailings of the "participation trophy generation."
\u201cNEW: An unknown number of Twitter employees are circulating an open letter to @elonmusk demanding they be allowed to keep all their jobs, pick journalistic and geopolitical winners and losers, and retain all their employment benefits.\n\nThe participation trophy generation.\u201d— Raheem J. Kassam (@Raheem J. Kassam) 1666703405
Jeff Carlson of EpochTV wrote, "It's hilarious that Twitter's own workforce describes precisely WHY Elon needs to get rid of 75% of Twitter employees."
\u201c"Elon Musk's Plan to lay off 75% of Twitter workers will hurt Twitter's ability to serve the public conversation."\n\nIt's hilarious that Twitter's own workforce describes precisely WHY Elon needs to get rid of 75% of Twitter employees.\u201d— Jeff Carlson (@Jeff Carlson) 1666713487
Investor Jason Howerton added, "If I wanted to keep my job, I'd be working to make it clear to @elonmusk how much value I bring to the co."
\u201c.@Twitter employees are so entitled & unaccustomed to accountability, they've sent a letter to the OWNER of the co. with a litany of "demands."\n\nThat's not how life works.\n\nIf I wanted to keep my job, I'd be working to make it clear to @elonmusk how much value I bring to the co.\u201d— Jason Howerton (@Jason Howerton) 1666712877
Musk has not publicly commented on the letter. Whatever his feelings about it or about the current Twitter workforce, he claims he will fight to restore free speech to the platform.
"I will not let you down, no matter what it takes," Musk tweeted on Wednesday.
He is expected to acquire Twitter officially this Friday.
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Cortney Weil is a senior editor for Blaze News.