Elon Musk sent an email to all Twitter employees in which he threatens to sue anyone who leaks company business to the media. And that memo was, yes, leaked to the media.
Saturday morning, Platformer managing editor Zoe Schiffer tweeted the contents of the memo she obtained without releasing it in its entirety so as not to leave a trail to the employee.
“Elon Musk is threatening to sue Twitter employees who leak confidential information to the press. He’s asking staffers to sign a pledge indicating they’ve understood,” she wrote. “Here’s the email:”
“As evidenced by the many detailed leaks of confidential Twitter information, a few people at our company continue to act in a manner contrary to the company’s interests and in violation of their NDA.
This will be said only once: If you clearly and deliberately violate the NDA that you signed when you joined, you accept liability to the full extent of the law & Twitter will immediately seek damages.“
Schiffer went on to mention that in the letter Musk threatened that “breaking your word by sending detailed info to the media” with malicious intent to Twitter “will receive the response it deserves.” Employees were given until 5 p.m. today to sign a pledge.
“If you’re a tech worker considering sharing information with the media, you have rights!” Schiffer asserted. “The Tech Worker Handbook is a good place to start, and note that all conversations with me and Casey can begin completely off the record: https://techworkerhandbook.org/legal/working-with-the-press/.”
The Chief Twit appears to have no fans among his employees, with four former staffers suing him for unfair practices following mass firings. In November, he gave Twitter’s remaining employees an ultimatum: commit to his “extremely hardcore” work or leave. “This will mean working long hours at high intensity,” Musk wrote in a memo to employees, according to the Washington Post. “Only exceptional performance will constitute a passing grade.”
In addition to working longer hours, Musk has mandated that Twitter employees must return to the office full-time, with some exceptions. Others have reported the conversion of “several office rooms at its headquarters into sleeping quarters for employees,” which San Francisco building inspectors are investigating.