Over the past 24 hours the chances of Twitter being knocked offline have “dramatically increased” as hundreds of staff have rejected Elon Musk’s ultimatum to work harder and longer hours.
An industry expert Matt Navarra has said that is unlikely the site would go down in the next few days, but warned the key engineers who are in charge of maintaining the Twitter site could leave as the World Cup starts.
Hundred of staff have quit Twitter and Musk also fired 7,500 workers including contractors which means Twitter could go offline.
Navarra said that Twitter was “already at greater risk” of going offline as a result of the initial job cuts and now there has been a “significant shift” as the result of the latest exodus of staff walking out.
He told PA news agency, “There are reports of teams that are critical for a number of Twitter’s infrastructure systems now being completely empty – those teams have been completely decimated.
“And therefore if there’s anything that goes wrong or breaks or there’s a sudden surge in activity then the capability of Twitter to repair it or troubleshoot it is greatly reduced because of the lack of skilled engineers that the teams have now.”
He added, “There’s a code freeze in place and Twitter is kind of running on autopilot at the moment with its IT systems, and that a strategic move by Elon Musk to protect the stability of the platform while he figures out the next move.
“But with the World Cup coming up, that’s going to be real test of the resilience and capacity of Twitter to maintain a platform during a busy period.
“So if there’s going to be a time when it is going to go offline, I think the greatest risk at the moment is going to be during some of the key moments of the World Cup.”