- Twitter allegedly blocked its developers from making changes, locking down its source code.
- The company held a town hall meeting on Monday afternoon to address employee concerns about Elon Musk.
- Read more news on Twitter here.
Following news and backlash from employees after accepting a $44 billion offer from Elon Musk to acquire the company, Twitter has reportedly locked down its source code to prevent unauthorized modifications.
Bloomberg reports that “Twitter will not allow product updates unless they are business critical.”
Product changes will require approval from a vice president, the people said. Twitter imposed the temporary ban to prevent employees who might be unhappy with the deal from “going rogue,” according to one of the people.
Elon Musk’s takeover of Twitter has yet to gain shareholder and regulatory approval, but many employees of the social media platform wonder what will happen if and when that day comes.
For example, Rumman Chowdhury, Director of Machine Learning Ethics, Transparency and Accountability at Twitter, tweeted tuesday“Aside from Elon, can someone explain to me how Twitter is going to hire/keep employees since there are no company actions to create competitive packages? An important part of our salary is in RSU.
This question and others are still relevant despite the fact that Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal and Chairman of the Board Bret Taylor held a town hall meeting Monday afternoon with employees.
Twitter reportedly concerned about employee revolt over Elon Musk acquisition
According to the audio of the call, as reported by CNN, Agrawal told Twitter employees “there are no layoff plans at this stage.”
However, he added some caveats.
“Between now and the shutdown…we will continue to make decisions as we always have, guided by the principles we have,” he said. “That doesn’t mean things won’t change, things have changed… I’ve talked about bringing about positive change in the business, and I will continue to do so because it makes us better and makes us stronger Once the deal is done, different decisions could be made.
Among the questions raised at the meeting were concerns about Twitter’s work in artificial intelligence and machine learning, whether the company will turn more to advertising, its views on freedom of expression, whether President Trump’s account will be reinstated and whether employees will at some point. be able to ask questions directly to Elon Musk.
“It is indeed a time of uncertainty,” Agrawal said at the meeting. “You all have different feelings and views on this news, a lot of you are worried, some of you are excited, a lot of people here are waiting to figure out how this is going and have an open mind. .. If we work with each other, we won’t have to worry about losing the heart of what makes Twitter powerful, which is that we all work together for the benefit of our customers every day. .
Listen to the full call below.