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Elon Musk warns Twitter employees of ‘difficult times ahead,’ ends remote work: report

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Hours after Twitter CEO Elon Musk admittedly predicted he will do "lots of dumb things" as he learns to helm the new social media platform, he told his employees to brace for "difficult times ahead," according to a report.

In a mass email Wednesday afternoon, Musk said there was "no way to sugarcoat the message" and that employees should expect changes concerning office policy, according to Bloomberg News.  

The email allegedly said Musk will discontinue remote work and will be requiring employees to be in the office for at least 40 hours per week. Any exceptions would need his personal approval.

Elon Musk with his Twitter profile

In this photo illustration, Elon Musk’s Twitter profile is displayed on October 06, 2022.  (Muhammed Selim Korkutata / Anadolu Agency / Getty Images)

Musk reportedly said he expected half of Twitter’s revenue to come through a subscription service and his newly proposed verification fee. He also said content creators will be able to monetize their pages to supporters, without further elaboration.

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The email came shortly after Musk implemented, then swiftly deleted, a new official badge icon on the platform, before telling users to expect to see many changes going forward.

"Please note that Twitter will do lots of dumb things in coming months. We will keep what works & change what doesn’t," he wrote.

The "official" blue "verified" badge appeared on several accounts but was ultimately deleted. The company said the subscription program will cost between $4 and $8 per month.

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"In days to come, we’ll add granularity to verified badge, such as organizational affiliation & ID verification," Musk added in another tweet.

And: "Rollout of new verified Blue is intentionally limited just to iOS in a few countries with very little promotion. As we iron out issues, we will expand worldwide on all platforms."

Twitter's blue verification check

A blue verification check on the page of Twitter Inc. on a smartphone arranged in the Brooklyn borough of New York, US, on Monday, Nov. 7, 2022.  (Gabby Jones/Bloomberg via Getty Images / Getty Images)

Musk also said the platform was looking to add features such as a more robust direct messaging system, the option to save videos, and it will deactivate or delete inactive accounts to clear up user profile names.

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His stated goal in purchasing Twitter was to protect freedom of speech, sparking criticism on the platform and elsewhere.

Elon Musk is the new CEO of Twitter

Elon Musk recently purchased Twitter and named himself as the social media giant’s new CEO. (REUTERS/Patrick T. Fallon/File Photo / Reuters Photos)

Since taking over Twitter two weeks ago, Musk fired several top executives at the company, including CEO Parag Agrawal, CFO Ned Segal, head of legal policy, trust, and safety Vijaya Gadde and most of the company’s staff.

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Musk has updated his bio to read "Twitter Complaint Hotline Operator." He also changed his location to "Hell," although that has since been removed.

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