Twitter planned to close offices on Friday, but Musk asks engineers to

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Twitter planned to close offices on Friday, but Musk asks engineers to
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The Twitter logo is displayed outside the Twitter headquarters on October 26, 2022 in San Francisco, California.

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After Twitter told employees it would close its offices until Monday, new owner and CEO Elon Musk called engineering staff at the San Francisco headquarters, according to internal emails obtained by CNBC.

Late Thursday, Twitter sent out a company-wide email saying its offices would be closed Friday through Monday and badge access would be cut off during the temporary shutdown.

Then, in a pair of widely circulated emails sent at the start of business on Friday, Musk called on “anyone who actually writes software” to report to Twitter headquarters by Friday afternoon. However, he first asked them to send him a high-level report of the best code they’ve worked on in the last six months.

After the initial call for engineers to come to the office, he also sent a follow-up encouraging people to come to San Francisco to show up in person. He said, in one of his emails, that he would be working late at night at the company’s headquarters on Friday and again on Saturday morning.

Musk said the point of sharing all that code and meeting him at the office would be for “short tech talks” that would help him “better understand Twitter’s tech stack.”

Musk said people authorized to work remotely could request to speak to him via video. But chimerically, he also said, “Only those who can’t make it to Twitter HQ or have a family emergency are excused.”

The mixed messages about returning to the office come after a wave of Twitter employees resigned on Thursday.

Their new “Chief Twit”, as Musk humorously dubs himself, had issued an ultimatum a day earlier telling them they should commit to his vision of Twitter 2.0 and agree to work “long hours at high intensity”.

Three employees who resigned Thursday told CNBC they still had access to some internal Twitter systems Friday morning.

One thought that so many people in human resources and IT teams at Twitter had resigned or been fired that it might take the company a long time to figure out whose access to emails, Slack and other systems had to be disabled.

These people asked to remain anonymous, citing fear of professional repercussions.

Here are the emails Elon Musk sent to Twitter employees early Friday (transcribed by CNBC) during the early hours of the business day in San Francisco:

From: Elon Musk

To: Team

Subj. All software engineers

Date: November 18, 2022 [time stamp removed]

Anyone who actually writes software, please report to the 10th floor at 2 p.m. today.

Before you do, please email me a bulleted summary of what your code commits have accomplished over the past 6 months, along with up to 10 screenshots of the most salient lines of code .

Thanks,

Elon

From: Elon Musk

To: Team

Subj. All software engineers

Date: November 18, 2022 [time stamp removed]

If you are working remotely, please email the request below and I will try to talk to you via video. Only those who cannot physically make it to Twitter headquarters or who have a family emergency are excused.

These will be short technical talks that will give me a better understanding of Twitter’s tech stack.

Thanks,

Elon

From: Elon Musk

To: The Twitter team

Subj. All software engineers

Date: November 18, 2022 [time stamp removed]

If possible, I would appreciate it if you could fly to SF to attend in person. I’ll be at Twitter headquarters until midnight, then back tomorrow morning.

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