We’ve been hearing concerns about Twitter’s infrastructure since the early days of Musk’s ownership — that is, from around two weeks ago. Early on, some insiders claimed that in an effort to cut costs, Musk had a team looking at which parts of the company’s infrastructure could be slashed. This effort is supposedly known internally as the Deep Cuts Plan, and the insiders claimed it may involve cutting extra server capacity. Assuming that has happened, it may make the platform vulnerable to usage spikes.
That would make Elon Musk’s claim that usage is at an all-time high less than good news, as a spike in users amid a drastic downturn in ad revenue and a significantly smaller workforce can mean big troubles down the line. If new reports from inside Twitter are accurate, though, it seems the company is now cruising down the road toward outages, and it may have Musk to blame. Both CNBC and The Verge report that Musk’s email demand has resulted in many engineers leaving the company — a situation so dire that Musk has reportedly arranged to meet with some of them in order to get them to stay.
CNBC said it has spoken to multiple employees who decided to resign rather than stay for Musk’s “hardcore” Twitter 2.0 plans, and that internal Slack messages showed “hundreds” of employees using the salute emoji, which signifies that they plan to leave, as well. One source claimed that some key engineers who are responsible for keeping “critical infrastructure” up and running have decided to exit Twitter, “leaving the company at serious risk of being able to recover” if a system goes down.