According to sources, Elon Musk told Twitter employees that remote work will end and that “tough times” lay ahead.

The proprietor of the social media company informed staff through email that employees can plan to spend at least 40 hours each week at the workplace.

There was “no way to sugar coat the truth,” Mr. Musk continued, that the weakening global economy will affect Twitter’s ad sales.

As a result of the effectiveness of its remote working policies during Covid lockdowns, the San Francisco-based corporation informed its workforce in May 2020 that they could work from home “forever” if they so desired.

But Mr. Musk has publicly stated that he has a negative opinion of remote work, writing earlier this year on the website he now controls that “People have been duped into believing that you don’t actually need to work hard by all the Covid stay-at-home propaganda. Unkind awakening is coming!”

Working remotely was no longer acceptable, Mr. Musk, who is also the CEO of Tesla, informed Tesla employees in June.

A week after acquiring Twitter in a $44 billion (£38.7 billion) acquisition, the richest man in the world has already stated that half of the company’s workforce will be laid off.

Due to the company’s daily loss of $4 million (£3.51 million), Mr. Musk claimed he had “no choice” but to make the changes. He has attributed a “huge loss in revenue” to “activist groups lobbying advertising.”

The savings and Mr. Musk’s ardent support for free expression have raised concerns that Twitter’s content control efforts may be weakened.

The platform’s approach to dangerous material, according to Mr. Musk, is “completely unaltered.”

The social media site will soon offer users the option to purchase blue-tick verified status for $8 per month as part of Mr. Musk’s shake-up.

Mr. Musk stated in an email to staff that he intended subscriptions to make up 50% of all Twitter revenue.

But policy change is controversial, amid concerns that the platform could be swamped with fake accounts.

Until now, the verification badge was only given to notable or high-profile accounts which Twitter had analyzed and deemed authentic.

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However, policy adjustment is debatable due to worries that the site can be overrun with phony accounts.

The verification badge was previously only awarded to well-known or well-known accounts that Twitter had examined and determined to be real.

The blue checkmark can now indicate one of two things: either that a user’s account has an active subscription to Twitter Blue or that it was confirmed under the prior verification standards (active, notable, and legitimate).

“Accounts that acquire the blue checkmark as part of a Twitter Blue subscription will not undergo review to certify that they match the active, remarkable, and authentic criteria that were employed in the prior process,” reads a statement on the Twitter website.

Along with the UK, users of Apple iOS in the US, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand can now access the new system.

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