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Twitter staff write open letter to Elon Musk with warning and demands

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Elon Musk’s acquisition of Twitter should be closing in mere days on October 28th. In light of this, an unknown number of their staff have penned an open letter to the billionaire, with demands.

The open letter (via TIME) addresses matters about the upcoming acquisition, like the report that Elon will cut 75% (about 7,500) of staff if the buyout is successful.

As expected, the letter asks that Elon doesn’t go through with the staff cuts, as they suggest it will reduce the company’s “ability to serve the public conversation.”

At the time of publication, it is unknown how many have signed this letter, as according to the note sent around to staff, “Signatures will not be made public unless we have critical mass.”

Here is a full text of the letter here:

Staff, Elon Musk, and Board of Directors:

We, the undersigned Twitter workers, believe the public conversation is in jeopardy.

Elon Musk’s plan to lay off 75% of Twitter workers will hurt Twitter’s ability to serve the public conversation. A threat of this magnitude is reckless, undermines our users’ and customers’ trust in our platform, and is a transparent act of worker intimidation.

Twitter has significant effects on societies and communities across the globe. As we speak, Twitter is helping to uplift independent journalism in Ukraine and Iran, as well as powering social movements around the world.

A threat to workers at Twitter is a threat to Twitter’s future. These threats have an impact on us as workers and demonstrate a fundamental disconnect with the realities of operating Twitter. They threaten our livelihoods, access to essential healthcare, and the ability for visa holders to stay in the country they work in. We cannot do our work in an environment of constant harassment and threats. Without our work, there is no Twitter.

We, the workers at Twitter, will not be intimidated. We recommit to supporting the communities, organizations, and businesses who rely on Twitter. We will not stop serving the public conversation.

We call on Twitter management and Elon Musk to cease these negligent layoff threats. As workers, we deserve concrete commitments so we can continue to preserve the integrity of our platform.

We demand of current and future leadership:

Respect: We demand leadership to respect the platform and the workers who maintain it by committing to preserving the current headcount.

Safety: We demand that leadership does not discriminate against workers on the basis of their race, gender, disability, sexual orientation, or political beliefs. We also demand safety for workers on visas, who will be forced to leave the country they work in if they are laid off.

Protection: We demand Elon Musk explicitly commit to preserve our benefits, those both listed in the merger agreement and not (e.g. remote work). We demand leadership to establish and ensure fair severance policies for all workers before and after any change in ownership.

Dignity: We demand transparent, prompt and thoughtful communication around our working conditions. We demand to be treated with dignity, and to not be treated as mere pawns in a game played by billionaires.

Sincerely,

Twitter workers

It is unknown if Musk will respond to the letter or if it’ll even have any impact on any of his rumored decisions. It should be stated that if this deal goes through, Musk will become the sole owner of the company.

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