Twitter’s Decentralized Workforce Can Work From Home Forever Following COVID Lockdown

Lucas Cacioli   May 13, 2020 07:00 2 Min Read

Twitter employees have been given the autonomy to choose when they will return to work once the social media giant’s offices open following the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown.

Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter, told his employees on Tuesday 12 May, that many of them will be permitted to work from home for as long as desire, even after the coronavirus has subsided.

According to NBC, a spokesperson for Twitter said that the management will make the decision on when the offices reopen, however, “When and if our employees come back, will be theirs.”

Cooperation and Decentralization Makes it Happen

Dorsey said in an email that it was unlikely any of Twitter’s offices would open before the third quarter for this year. He also said that all events would be canceled for the remainder of 2020 to maintain social distancing efforts. In-person events will be reconsidered when Twitter designs its 2021 roadmap.

Twitter has maintained an emphasis on creating a highly capable and distributed workforce since its inception. The spokesperson reiterated this in the email, he said, “We were uniquely positioned to respond quickly and allow folks to work from home given our emphasis on decentralization and supporting a distributed workforce capable of working from anywhere.”

The evidence that Twitter can thrive and maintain its workflow in the pandemic lockdown condition has been proven over the last few months according to the spokesperson. She said, “So if our employees are in a role and situation that enables them to work from home and they want to continue to do forever, we will make that happen.”

BlueSky – Decentralized Social Media

Businesses across the nation are struggling to adapt to social distancing guidelines and Twitter’s new policy appears to be rethinking how businesses will operate in a post-pandemic world.

With the announcement of project BlueSky, in the works, it appears that they have also been rethinking how social media platforms should work and have emphasized that the new platform will be completely decentralized.

Dorsey has dedicated funds for this new project, which ultimately will put the social media platform onto a blockchain.

Equally, this will make way for censorship resistance and other intricate features that will grab the attention of today’s consumers. At present, the team working on the project, include independent architects and coders. Twitter is not claiming sole ownership of the project; instead, it will join the platform and assist it as an external protocol.


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