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What did Elon Musk write in the email to staff?

Talk of Twitter’s imminent demise was sparked by news that Elon Musk was demanding that all staff commit to “long hours at high intensity” or face being shown the door. 

In the controversial email, which has been seen as the last straw by many members of staff, Musk wrote:

“Going forward, to build a breakthrough Twitter 2.0 and succeed in an increasingly competitive world, we will need to be extremely hardcore. This will mean working long hours at high intensity. Only exceptional performance will constitute a passing grade.

Twitter will also be much more engineering-driven. Design and product management will still be very important and report to me, but those writing great code will constitute the majority of our team and have the greatest sway. At its heart, Twitter is a software and servers company, so I think this makes sense.

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Anyone who has not done so by 5pm ET tomorrow (Thursday) will receive three months of severance.

Whatever decision you make, thank you for your efforts to make Twitter successful.”