Twitter executives met with employees on Wednesday to address worker apathy as a $44 billion takeover by Elon Musk puts the social-media giant in line for a major overhaul.
Jay Sullivan, Twitter’s product vice president, convened the meeting under the title “Why Bother?” as he urged employees to remember the vital service that the platform provides, according to a Bloomberg News report.
“Why show up and build stuff for an app that’s about to be in the hands of a new owner…who has said he plans to make serious changes?” Bloomberg reported, summing up staffer’s gripes. “Why keep earning stock options at a company that’s about to go private?”
Musk has vowed to revamp the company’s content moderation policies that have resulted in bans of controversial figures, many of them on the political right. Twitter is fearful that employees could resign en masse ahead of Musk’s takeover, according to a regulatory filing that was submitted this week.
“Sullivan told employees that they have a responsibility to each other, and to a product used by hundreds of millions of people, which hosts the world’s most urgent and important public conversations,” Bloomberg reported. “They’re all in this together, he added, according to the people, who asked not to be named sharing internal discussions.”
Musk is likely to clean house and rid the company of its current management structure once he takes over, according to the report. In the meantime, Twitter won’t make any major hires, nor does it plan to make changes to its product ahead of Musk’s takeover.