Musk laughs at Twitter staff unaware of his job status: ‘treats people like…’:- Billionaire Twitter CEO Elon Musk on Tuesday scoffed at an employee who was unaware of his current position at the social media company, which is trying to stabilize itself after letting go of more than two-thirds of its employees following a series of layoffs.
Haraldur Thorleifsson, who according to his Facebook profile, has been working at Twitter since February 2021, posted his complaint on the micro-blogging platform, saying he could no longer access his work computer. He further added that even the head of human resources (HR) was not able to confirm whether he was still an employee.
“Dear Elon Musk, 9 days ago the access to my work computer was cut, along with about 200 other Twitter employees. However, your head of HR is not able to confirm if I am an employee or not. You’ve not answered my emails,” he tweeted. “Maybe if enough people retweet you’ll answer me here?”
This triggered a response from Elon Musk, who asked Thorleifsson about his job profile. The employee said that answering the question on Twitter would be a breach of confidentiality.
“If you have your lawyers share in writing that I can do that then I’d be happy to discuss that openly!” he said.
To this, Mr. Musk replied, “It’s approved, you go ahead”
Thorleifsson revealed his job profile and the specific work he was doing on Twitter. Mr. Musk, without telling Thorleifsson about his employment status, laughed at him using the emoji, in a clear indication that he was fired.
While some Twitter users saw it as a brutal but witty response, many termed it nauseating.
“No, @elonmusk this is not good response from a leader. Also it doesn’t seem right to not provide clarity to employees about their termination. Those of us who love you should also be able to speak to you truthfully,” wrote a Twitter user with the handle @HaedolGroup.
Another Twitter user @cherthedev said, “This is sociopathic behavior, honestly.”
On Monday, Twitter suffered a brief but unprecedented outage, with users around the world reporting they could no longer read links in articles from external websites.
Experts say Twitter is running on a skeleton staff, leaving the platform vulnerable to outages as well as misinformation and harmful content due to the small number of people required to keep the site up and running.
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