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Twitter has blocked its source code because it fears sabotage by its own employees

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  • The platform distrusts its staff and protects itself against possible sabotage
  • The severe warning that the EU has given to Elon Musk after the purchase of Twitter

It seems that the purchase of Twitter by Elon Musk has not pleased some of the company’s workers. According to internal company sources, the discontent among employees is such that the technical managers of the platform have blocked its source code to prevent unauthorized changes by those with access to critical parts of the system. The objective is to prevent them from carrying out “dishonest” actions, which shows a clear loss of trust between the staff and the current managers.

Fear of internal sabotage has led Twitter to regulate code access control, so that platform engineers can only implement changes with the approval of a company vice president. According to Bloomberg , this blockade -executed shortly before announcing the sale of Twitter to Elon Musk- “will prevent employees from making unauthorized changes.”

Discontent among Twitter employees has led to mutual mistrust

After the Tesla CEO purchase agreement became official, part of the more than 7,000 Twitter employees began to show concern about their future work. Parag Agrawal, the current CEO of Twitter, assured, in an attempt to calm the waters, that “at this time” no layoffs are being considered.

Regarding the future of the current CEO of Twitter, not much is known, beyond the fact that he is guaranteed a compensation of 42 million dollars if he is fired within a year. An important pinch, given that Agrawal has been in charge of the company for just five months.

The board of directors of the platform will be dissolved and Twitter will cease to be listed on the Stock Exchange. Rumman Chowdhury, Director of Ethics, Transparency and Accountability for Machine Learning at the company, posed the following question through his Twitter account: “Can someone explain to me how Twitter will hire/retain employees since there are no shares of the company to create competitive compensation packages?

The board of directors of the platform will be dissolved and Twitter will cease to be listed on the stock market

It should be noted that when it comes to employee management, Elon Musk does not have a good reputation. In his career as CEO of Tesla, an American automobile manufacturer, he has been sued for racial discrimination, among other incidents. The executive also had trouble ignoring his employees’ concerns about returning to work with the Covid-19 pandemic.

At the moment Twitter has refused to comment on it, so there is no official confirmation from the company. It is too early to tell what changes there will be in the way the platform works, but important shifts in its use policy are not ruled out.


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