Twitter exodus begins as five top executives depart overnight

 | Sebastian Anthony  01/25/2016 9:08 AM MST
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Late on Sunday, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey confirmed that four of the company's top executives will be departing. Additionally, the head of Vine—Twitter's short-form video sharing service--is also leaving the company, to rejoin Google. The exodus, it would seem, has begun.

The four executives departing Twitter are: Kevin Weil (head of product); Katie Jacobs Stanton (head of media); Alex Roetter (head of engineering); and Skip Schipper (head of HR). According to Dorsey, the four will be taking some "well-deserved time off." According to Recode, some of the departures were by choice, while some were asked to resign.

Stanton, among other things, says she'll be taking some time off to help raise her kids and help Hilary Clinton become president. Weil seems to be following a similar route, tweeting that he'll be spending more time with his wife and kid, and "some long trail runs." Roetter is "taking a step back" to think about what's next for himself and his family. Adam Bain (COO) and Adam Messinger (CTO) will take over some of the duties of the outgoing executives in the interim.

Jason Toff, the head of Vine, also tweeted that he was leaving the company—but rather than take some time off, he's heading back to Google to work on virtual reality stuff.

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