How to download your tweets in case Twitter shuts down permanently

Save a copy of your past Tweets and follow lists

Hundreds of Twitter workers reportedly decided to leave after new owner Elon Musk gave them a choice to commit themselves to “hardcore” work or resign with severance pay. (Gregory Bull/AP)

Twitter is in a precarious situation amid growing questions about the site’s ability to continue operating. Hundreds of employees have reportedly opted to quit after the ultimatum that Elon Musk issued to the staff Wednesday.

The number of engineers overseeing multiple critical systems had been reduced, in some cases to near zero, according to people familiar with the situation who spoke to The Washington Post, and hashtags including #RIPTwitter, #TwitterDown and #Goodbye have been trending.

Some Twitter users — including politicians, embassies and government departments — have started preparing for the worst in case the site goes down permanently.

If you’re worried, here’s what you need to know.