Elon Musk uses first email to Twitter staff to tell them remote working is over
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Elon Musk hash reportedly used his first email to Twitter staff to declare that remote working is over.
Just days after announcing plans to cut 50 percent of his workforce, the new Twitter CEO has now told the remaining workers that he wants them to work a minimum of 40 hours in the office per week, Bloomberg reports.
According to an email seen by the publication, Musk said that there was 'no way to sugarcoat' the difficult economic landscape they are now operating in.
He has reportedly said that the new rules will come into effect immediately.
After just two weeks of Musk's reign as Twitter boss, he has already made some big changes, such as the announcement of a blue tick verification scheme, which will cost users $7.99 (£6.84) a month.
In a statement, Twitter said: "Starting today, we're adding great new features to Twitter Blue, and have more on the way soon. Get Twitter Blue for $7.99/month if you sign up now.
"Blue checkmark: Power to the people. Your account will get a blue checkmark, just like the celebrities, companies, and politicians you already follow."
They added that users of the new service would benefit from 'half the ads and much better ones': "Since you’re supporting Twitter in the battle against the bots, we’re going to reward you with half the ads and make them twice as relevant."
The new system has already been rolled out worldwide.
Musk wrote: "Far too many legacy 'verified' checkmarks were handed out, often arbitrarily, so in reality they are *not* verified. You can buy as many as you want right now with a Google search.
"Piggybacking off payment system plus Apple/Android is a much better way to ensure verification. As soon as we confirm it's working well in the initial set of countries and we have the translation work done, it will roll out worldwide."
Amid the staff cuts, former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has issued a public apology.
Posting on Twitter, Dorsey wrote: "Folks at Twitter past and present are strong and resilient. They will always find a way no matter how difficult the moment.
"I realise many are angry with me. I own the responsibility for why everyone is in this situation: I grew the company size too quickly. I apologise for that."
In a follow-up tweet, he added: "I am grateful for, and love, everyone who has ever worked on Twitter. I don't expect that to be mutual in this moment...or ever…and I understand."