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Twitter Implements Another Coding Freeze for Engineers

Twitter Implements Another Coding Freeze for Engineers

(Bloomberg) -- Twitter Inc. has implemented another freeze on software code, meaning that new products and features can’t be shipped unless they are critical, according to three people familiar with the plans.

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Twitter implemented a similar freeze when new owner Elon Musk took over in late October, which was explained as a way to keep employees from accidentally or intentionally altering the social media site without permission.

The current action is slightly different, according to two of the people, who requested anonymity because they aren’t authorized to speak publicly. In this case, employees can’t even write new code, the people say, meaning it is a more severe freeze than what the company has previously instituted. It’s unclear why, though the stoppage is expected to continue “until further notice,” one of the people said. Platformer previously reported the issue.

Musk took over Twitter on Oct. 27 and has fired half of the San Francisco-based company’s more than 7,000 employees, including almost all of its most senior executives. Some of those who remain have been critical of the chief executive officer on the service itself, and others worry that the job cuts could lead to outages on the social network or product glitches because there aren’t as many engineers now on the workforce.

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