Musk to Twitter staff: go 'hardcore' or go home

STORY: Work "hardcore", or get fired.

That's the ultimatum Twitter workers got from their new owner Elon Musk.

In a company-wide memo seen by Reuters, Musk said staff had until Thursday (November 17) to click on a link...

... and choose if they wanted to commit to "working long hours at high intensity".

Without giving details, the message added "only exceptional performance will constitute a passing grade".

The other option was getting three months' severance pay.

Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The social media company already cut half of its 7,500 headcount earlier this month…

… shortly after the Tesla CEO completed a $44 billion deal to own it.

Twitter's first two weeks under Musk have been marked with rapid change and chaos.

Many senior leaders have left the company.

While others who publicly disagreed with the direction it was going, were immediately let go.

Musk said on Wednesday (November 16) he expects to reduce his time at Twitter, and eventually find a new leader to run it.

He said that in a Delaware court, testifying in a legal battle related to his other company, Tesla.

Later, he tweeted he will continue to run Twitter until it is in "a strong place".