As Elon Musk’s deal to buy Twitter draws nearer to completion, the social media company’s “woke” employees are panicking.
As Slay News previously reported, Musk plans to slash around 75 percent of Twitter’s workforce after taking over.
The Tesla CEO’s deal to buy Twitter is on track and is due to close before the end of October and just in time for the November midterm elections.
Musk has always stated that he plans to transform the company after buying it.
His biggest ambition has always been to end the company’s censorship practices and restore free speech to the platform.
However, Musk has pointed out that the company is bloated and it needs to shed some of the excess workers.
According to The Washington Post, Musk told investors in his deal to buy Twitter that he planned to get rid of most of the social media company’s 7,500 workers, leaving around 2,000.
Now that the deal is on the brink of happening, the impending scenario of working under a Twitter owner who actually believes in free speech is posing a massive reality check for coddled millennials who have spent years in college insulated from people with different beliefs and values.
Late on Monday, Time Magazine obtained a copy of a list of demands from “woke” Twitter employees.
The letter was addressed to Elon Musk and the Board of Directors ahead of the takeover deal finally closing.
In the missive, the “woke” staff appear to vow to continue their efforts to censor users, warning “we will not stop serving the public conversation.”
The full letter reads:
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.
In summary, Twitter workers are demanding to keep their jobs, even if their worldview does not align with the incoming owner’s values, because Elon Musk somehow owes it to them.