Well, well, if it’s not the consequences of Elon Musk’s actions.
So much has happened since Musk officially became the owner of the beloved
crap posting forum social media platform Twitter. You can read about some of them here:
But what we are discussing today is today’s situation.
Let’s open up the situation by commenting on the general mood of Twitter right now:
The “Siva teacher has lost control of the class” vibes here are huge these days
– Christina Grace (@C_GraceT) November 10, 2022
For Followers: Twitter is currently on Titanic sinking, with the band still playing and Billy Zane running around the ship with a gun. pic.twitter.com/ls2VvJ7IPb
– Ben Crew (@BenjaminCrew1) November 11, 2022
twitter feels like delancey street mcdonalds right now
— Desus Nice (@desusnice) November 10, 2022
Elon Musk is walking into Twitter headquarters tomorrow: pic.twitter.com/mEu9T5jWfC
– Philip Lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) November 10, 2022
Although, even if you don’t want to see Twitter completely destroyed, things are very funny right now. That is, unless you work at Twitter – in which case things are pretty boring.
Leaving aside the utter chaos of what it’s like trying to keep track of his conflicting demands and ideas for the site, Musk announced this week that no Twitter employee can work from home anymore. they all have to come into the office—an arbitrary and, frankly, insensitive move while we’re still in the midst of a pandemic, and for a company that allowed remote work even before COVID-19. It has left many people wanting to see how it works.
I’m looking for childcare because my new boss’s cranky kid just announced I’ll lose my job if I don’t come into the office tomorrow after years of remote work…le epic pic.twitter.com/9J6Vyj2dQz
– Jason Schreier (@jasonschreier) November 11, 2022
And amid layoffs, layoffs, and decisions to get people out of their jobs rather than have Twitter fire them and pay severance payments, key people are leaving in droves — including Yoel Roth, (former) head of Trust & Safety, who just two days ago hosted a conversation on Twitter Spaces with Musk, trying to reassure advertisers that the platform isn’t about to completely collapse. (Spoiler: it is.)
According to messages shared on Twitter Slack, Twitter’s CISO, data protection office and director of compliance resigned last night.
The employee says the engineers’ job is to “self-verify compliance with FTC requirements and other laws.”
– Casey Newton (@CaseyNewton) November 10, 2022
the person Elon Musk kept retweeting whenever he wanted to prove to everyone that things were really good, resigned
the person who hosted Twitter Space yesterday with Elon Musk to tell advertisers things were really good just quit https://t.co/txvQEwMZwC
– Matt Binder (@MattBinder) November 10, 2022
Indoors @Twitter, employees tell me they think it’s over. The departure of these two leaders today: “It means it’s over… The trust is gone.”
Twitter supports life.
More @axios https://t.co/iehrJWRFGs
– Sara Fischer (@sarafischer) November 10, 2022
Twitter’s public statements
Article after article has surfaced this week reporting new and increasingly dire information from Twitter HQ — in other words, when any outlet can actually get a hold of Twitter.
The Verge published an article about the risks Musk is taking with Twitter’s security and its relationship with the Federal Trade Commission, which has already had to keep a close eye on the platform before Musk. At the end of the song was this revealing sentence:
what a sentence pic.twitter.com/AHeoseVX63
— Ian Bremmer (@ianbremmer) November 10, 2022
Journalists have also reported some rather strange quotes from the Twitter all-hands meeting, and these are not satire or jokes:
currently an emergency on twitter, Elon Musk answers an employee’s Q
Elon was asked, “How are you going to deal with the expected attrition and align everyone to a common vision?”
Elon’s Answer: “I don’t know… we all need to be tougher.”
– rat king 🐀 (@MikeIsaac) November 10, 2022
an actual quote from all hands on Twitter today: pic.twitter.com/D2vIdeboVO
— paris martineau (@parismartineau) November 10, 2022
Outside of Twitter
Other than Twitter users around the site screaming, crying and throwing up, publications and businesses are tying themselves in knots trying to figure out how to manage the impact of the Twitter debacle on them. From NPR:
NPR has internal guidelines on Twitter: don’t promote your handle, but don’t delete it, because someone can take it and impersonate you. pic.twitter.com/A4QwCCN6gt
– Ben Smith (@semaforben) November 10, 2022
That’s not even touching on the problems that businesses and public figures have with being on Twitter.
By allowing anyone with $8 to spare to buy a blue checkmark, Musk has made it possible for people to create convincing Twitter handles pretending to be a company, politician, or any other significant person or entity.
Good morning pic.twitter.com/dix4EFeg5F
— reverse mood curve: burgertown must be defended (@PatBlanchfield) November 10, 2022
A big day for youth politicians pic.twitter.com/MHoiW9QVbb
— Read Jackson Rising by @CooperationJXN (@JoshuaPHilll) November 10, 2022
— Tim Hunter (@TheTimHunter) November 10, 2022
Advertisers are kicking ass. It took all day for the confirmed trolls to change from “It’s a’me Mario, I want to fuck Luigi” to “reminding everyone of the time you funded a bloody coup in Guatemala”. pic.twitter.com/e89MbzL6Nt
— 🦦✨America Is Musty✨🦦 (@DragonflyJonez) November 11, 2022
I can’t imagine why all the advertisers are pulling out of Twitter lmao pic.twitter.com/pg55WXkxhS
– Jason Schreier (@jasonschreier) November 9, 2022
The results are very, very funny to viewers, if not the entities appearing on those accounts, and have prompted Musk to claim that accounts must now have the word “parody” in their screen name, not just their lives. The appearances also caused the secondary “Official” checkmark to return briefly on Thursday night and ultimately prompted Twitter to block the option to purchase a Twitter Blue subscription.
In the future, accounts that engage in parody must have “parody” in their name, not just in their bio
– Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 11, 2022
Twitter suspended people from signing up for its paid subscription feature that gives out blue ticks amid a flood of fake accounts, just days after it launched the controversial feature.https://t.co/LsU5oaK5xB
– The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) November 11, 2022
In all the mess, many people are waiting for Twitter to either stop vibrating or else for people to leave the site unusable in droves. In light of this, people are saying goodbye and sharing their contacts on Mastodon, Instagram, Tumblr, email, and all sorts of other platforms that can’t replace what Twitter offers, but they have to.
in concert with Josh’s work on twitter, which is more listening than talking
Alexis tells how twitter is all about people of words https://t.co/ka9P0kOpjd
— darth™ (@darth) November 11, 2022
Going from Twitter to Instagram is basically just performing this skit. pic.twitter.com/aJN7vOG28K
– garethlwatkins on Instagram (@garethlwatkins) November 11, 2022
So! Feeling stuck? Really? You can take the quiz if you’re sure (courtesy of Buzzfeed’s Katie Notopoulos):
ha ha! Guess this for me! answer these ten questions and you will win my prize!
(reward feels horrible) https://t.co/y7dMG2uT5L
– Katie Notopoulos (@katienotopoulos) November 11, 2022
Too true. Let’s log out now. Weird weekend.
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