Mass layoffs at Twitter Inc. after the company was bought by Elon Musk (Elon Musk) makes the platform vulnerable to various malfunctions, written down Bloomberg resource. And at some point, experts believe, the social network could collapse, which is only a matter of time.
This week, Musk gave the remaining Twitter employees a choice: either take on more intensive work or leave the company. Many employees chose the latter.
According to Bloomberg sources, several teams of specialists whose activities are critical to maintaining the service have been laid off entirely and are having to recruit specialists from other departments to carry out such work. Among those leaving the service were the infrastructure teams that keep the main channel running and maintaining the tweet databases. The hashtag #RIPTwitter has become trending on Twitter as users and retired employees predict its impending closure while saying goodbye.
That doesn’t mean that Twitter will suddenly shut down. Due to the fact that the remaining employees will not be able to fix bugs in the code, the functionality of the service will most likely decrease or it will become vulnerable to serious hacking, experts say.
As one of the former employees of the social network told the resource, Twitter is a system with more than 1000 microservices. This system requires constant tuning, maintenance, and an awareness of how everything works in order to work. Small bugs, if left unfixed, become big holes in the system. Vulnerabilities must be fixed or they become a threat to user data security.
The situation can get worse if the software was created in a hurry or under less than ideal circumstances, says Chester Wisniewski, chief scientist at cybersecurity firm Sophos Ltd. He added that such a scenario is almost “Nightmare” for any business, especially technology.
For his part, software engineer Alec Muffett (Alec Muffett), specializing in the security of hosts and networks, noted that the company employs far fewer specialists to fix operational problems than the service needs. Therefore, there is a risk that a critical service system will fail. “Like a table losing its leg, important parts of the site – or even the entire site – will fall down.” says muffle. This can be, for example, the loss of the retweet or login option.
According to engineer Glenn Hope, who worked at Facebook* and Instagram*With fewer staffing levels, Twitter will find it more difficult to timely remove content at the request of foreign governments, maintain the physical security of its data centers, and keep the service operational during major events that cause traffic spikes and additional stress on systems. The next test for Twitter could be the World Cup in Qatar, which starts on November 20th.
* It is included in the list of public associations and religious organizations for which the court made a final decision, activities on the grounds of Federal Law No. 114-FZ of July 25, 2002 “On Combating Extremist Activity”.