Twitter planned to close offices on Friday, but Musk asked the engineers in

The Twitter logo is displayed on the outside of the Twitter headquarters on October 26, 2022 in San Francisco, California.

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After Twitter told employees it would close its offices through Monday, new owner and CEO Elon Musk summoned the engineering team to the San Francisco headquarters office, according to internal emails obtained by CNBC.

Late Thursday, Twitter sent out a company-wide email saying that its offices will be closed Friday through Monday, and access to the badge will be cut off during this temporary shutdown.

Then, in a pair of widely distributed emails sent at the start of the business on Friday, Musk called on “anyone who actually writes software” to report back to Twitter headquarters on Friday afternoon. First, though, he asked them to send him a high-level report on the best code they’d worked on in the last six months.

After the initial invitation for engineers to come to the office, he also sent a follow-up letter encouraging people to travel to San Francisco to apply in person. He said, in one of his emails, that he would work late nights in the corporate headquarters office on Friday and again on Saturday morning.

Musk said the point of sharing all this code and meeting with him in the office is to do “short technical interviews” that will help him “better understand the Twitter tech stack.”

Musk said those authorized to work remotely can request to videocontact him. But he also said in an unconventional way, “Only those who can’t access Twitter HQ or have a family emergency are exempt.”

The mixed messages about returning to the office come after a wave of Twitter employees quit on Thursday.

The new “boss of Twit,” as Musk humorously calls himself, issued an ultimatum the day before telling them they needed to stick to his vision for Twitter 2.0, and agree to work “long hours at high intensity.”

Three employees who resigned Thursday told CNBC they still had access to some of Twitter’s internal systems on Friday morning.

One thinks that so many people from Twitter’s HR and IT teams have quit or been laid off that it could take a long time for the company to figure out who to stop accessing email, Slack, and other systems.

These people asked not to be named, citing fear of professional repercussions.

Here are the emails sent from Elon Musk to employees on Twitter early Friday (reprinted by CNBC) during the first few hours of the workday in San Francisco:

Who: Elon Musk

To: team

subject. All software engineers

Date: Nov. 18, 2022 [time stamp removed]

Anyone who actually writes software, please come to the 10th floor at 2 pm today.

Before doing so, please email me a bulleted summary of what your code has achieved in the past 6 months, along with up to 10 screenshots of your most prominent lines of code.

Thanks,

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Who: Elon Musk

To: team

subject. All software engineers

Date: Nov. 18, 2022 [time stamp removed]

If you are working remotely please email the request below and I will try to video talk to you. Only those who cannot physically access Twitter HQ or have a family emergency are exempt.

It will be these short, technical interviews that allow me to better understand Twitter’s tech stack.

Thanks,

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Who: Elon Musk

To: Team at Twitter

subject. All software engineers

Date: Nov. 18, 2022 [time stamp removed]

If possible, I would appreciate it if you could travel to SF to be present in person. I’ll be at Twitter HQ until midnight and then back again tomorrow morning.

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