Twitter: In response to an ultimatum from the new owner, Elon Musk, who demanded staff choose between being “very hardcore” and working intense, long hours or losing their jobs, hundreds of employees of the social media platform sent moving messages on Twitter.
As frightened Twitter users speculated about the platform’s future during the company’s severe instability, the hashtag #RIPTwitter began to trend. Musk responded to the craze with a meme depicting a tombstone with the mutated Twitter bird emblem on it.
The hashtag #LoveWhereYouWorked and the salute emoji were used by workers, also referred to as “Tweeps,” to tweet about their resignations in response to Musk’s most recent ultimatum.
“I may be #exceptional, but gosh darn it, I’m just not #hardcore,” tweeted one former employee, Andrea Horst, whose LinkedIn profile still reads “Supply Chain & Capacity Management (Survivor) @Twitter.”
Elon Musk, who is the founder and CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, has drawn criticism for making significant changes to the social networking firm that he recently paid $44 billion for. His attempts to restructure Twitter have been plagued by instability and setbacks, and early this month he fired half of the company’s 7,500 employees, did away with a work-from-home policy, and instituted lengthy hours.