Twitter announced Tuesday that it would allow some employees to work indefinitely from home, making it the first major technology company to do so. In the context of the outbreak of the new corona virus, the working culture around the world has changed unprecedentedly. So far, the pandemic has infected more than 4.2 million people worldwide, prompting a strict blockade in most countries and changing the way businesses operate, making home work the “new normal”.
Twitter said it would not reopen most of its offices until September, and employees could choose whether to go back to work or not. Jack Dorsey, Twitter’s chief executive, had planned to spend three to six months in Africa in the mid-2020s to remotely lead the San Francisco-based company. Mr Dorsey later said he was reconsidering the idea because of the public health crisis.
Twitter said Tuesday that employees will not travel business until September, with a few exceptions. In addition, there will be no face-to-face corporate events for the rest of the year.
Twitter is cracking down on misinformation about the outbreak on its platform, and the company has not said how many employees will be able to work from home indefinitely.
Before that, tech giants such as Facebook and Alphabet Inc. had allowed most employees to be telecommuting before the end of the year. Google said last week that it had asked employees to take a day off on May 22 to address job burnout during the outbreak.