Twitter’s homegrown rival Koo has opened its arms to former employees fired by Twitter, according to its Co-founder Mayank Bidawatka. Soon after #RIPTwitter started trending on the micro-blogging site, Bidawatka expressed his intention of hiring former Twitter employees. Twitter is seeing a mass exodus of employees after new boss Musk’s mail demanded staff to sign up for long hours.
“Very sad to see #RIPTwitter and related # to this going down. We’ll hire some of these Twitter ex-employees as we keep expanding and raise our larger, next round. They deserve to work where their talent is valued. Micro-blogging is about people power. Not suppression,” Bidawatka said in a tweet on Friday.
Very sad to see #RIPTwitter and related # to this going down. We’ll hire some of these Twitter ex-employees as we keep expanding and raise our larger, next round.They deserve to work where their talent is valued. Micro-blogging is about people power. Not suppression.
— Mayank Bidawatka (@mayankbidawatka) November 18, 2022
Twitter rival Koo, which supports 10 languages, has recently announced that it has crossed 50 million downloads. Currently, Koo is available in over 100 countries, including the US, the UK, Singapore, Canada, Nigeria, UAE, Algeria, Nepal, Iran and India. Since launch, Koo has granted over 7,500 yellow ticks of eminence and a lakh of green self-verification ticks to increase transparency and credibility on the platform, the company has recently said.
Meanwhile, Twitter fell into pitless chaos under its new owner Musk after several employees appeared to have quit following a deadline by the billionaire entrepreneur and the company sent messages it was closing its “office buildings” for the next few days. The New York Times (NYT) said in a report that after a 5 pm Thursday deadline was given by Musk to employees to choose whether to quit or stay on at Twitter, “hundreds of Twitter employees appeared to have decided to depart with three months of severance pay”.
Twitter also announced through email that it would close “our office buildings” and disable employee badge access until Monday.