Twitter fired employees who publicly denounced Elon Musk | Engadget

At least three Twitter employees who survived mass layoffs that halved the company’s workforce have been fired after calling their new boss on the platform. One of them is Eric Frohnhoefer, who responded to Elon Musk’s tweet by apologizing for the slowness of Twitter in many countries. “The app does >1000 misgrouped RPCs just to render a personal timeline!” Musk wrote. Fröhnhoefer replied that after six years of working on Twitter for Android, he can say that Musk’s statement “is false”.

The multi-company manager then asked him what was the right number and what did he do to fix twitter for android which was “super slow”. He responded with the work his team did for the app and listing a few reasons why it’s slow: “First, it’s bloated with features that get little use. Second, we’ve racked up years of tech debt because we’ve traded speed and features for performance. Third, we spend lot of time waiting for responses from the network.”

Their exchange continued in several chats, and when one user told Frohnhoefer he should have told his boss privately, he replied“Maybe he should ask questions privately. Maybe using Slack or email.” After that, Musk informed everyone on Twitter that Fronhoefer had been fired.

The former Twitter app engineer said Forbes that he had received no communication from Twitter about his dismissal and that his laptop “just shut down”. He added that “[n]o you don’t trust anyone in the company anymore,” so it was hard to operate. The former Twitter employee also said that before Musk took over, “people were more open and felt they could criticize and now that’s clearly not the case.”

Another engineer named Ben Leib was also fired, Bloomberg confirmed. Leib also responded to the same apology tweet from Musk, say that as the former “Technical Lead of Timeframe Infrastructure at Twitter”, their new owner had no idea what he was talking about. And then there’s Sasha Solomon, a technical manager at the company who chimed in with her own response to the same Musk tweet and who later announcement She too was fired.

There were massive changes on Twitter after Elon Musk officially bought the company. It immediately fired its top executives, including CEO Parag Agrawal, and ordered mass layoffs that saw around 50% of the social network’s employees lose their jobs. Twitter also launched the $8 per month Blue subscription which provided anyone who can pay with access to instant verification. However, making the blue tick easy to obtain has led to an increase in identity theft and fake, legitimate-looking accounts on the website.

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