Twitter employees have been told that all office buildings have been temporarily closed as many of them are estimated to be leaving the social media firm, according to reports.

Tech site Platformer editor-in-chief Zoe Schiffer tweeted that employees were not given details on why the offices were temporarily closed until Monday, Nov. 21.

However, in a follow-up tweet, he said: “We’re hearing this is because Elon Musk and his team are terrified that employees are going to sabotage the company. Also, they’re still trying to figure out which workers Twitter’s have to cut access for.”

It is estimated that a new wave of Twitter employees will leave the company following a ultimatum from new owner Elon Musk that personnel either sign up for “high intensity long hours” or leave.

Mr. Musk has not publicly commented on these latest reports.

The Tesla boss’s ultimatum marks another move in his Twitter jolt, following his own $44 billion takeover of social media platform last month.

On Wednesday, Mr. Musk sent an email to Twitter employees saying they had until Thursday to decide whether they wanted to stay at the company to work hard or take a three-month paycheck.

He said that to “build a revolutionary Twitter 2.0” the company needed to be “extremely hardcore”.

The world’s richest man warned that employees who didn’t click on a link confirming “do you want to be part of the new Twitter” by 5 p.m. Eastern time Thursday would be considered fired.

In a video posted online, a group of people claiming to be Twitter employees count down the seconds, saying they are “about to be fired”.

Twitter staffers have repeatedly posted the greeting emoji online, in what has become a symbol of sympathy that someone has left the company.

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Musk’s takeover saw drastic changes to Twitter, including the firing of the company’s board of directors and senior executives, the abolition of remote work, and the elimination of half of the workforce.

It also announced that Twitter will charge users $8 a month for blue check marks to verify the authenticity of a user’s account.

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