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Musk publicly fired Twitter employee who disagreed with him online
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💢 Elon Musk has apparently fired at least three Twitter employees who dared to disagree with him online
😨 Twitter Android engineer Eric Frohnhoefer was publicly fired on the platform
😑 Frohnhoefer responded to one of Musk’s tweets and said he was “wrong”
🙈 Musk clapped back and ultimately fired Frohnhoefer in a tweet
Elon Musk seemingly can’t stop firing people from Twitter, especially those that disagree with him.
After a short back and forth on the social media platform that Musk recently bought for $44bn, the billionaire publicly fired Twitter Android engineer Eric Frohnhoefer.
Frohnhoefer responded to a tweet from Musk apologizing for Twitter being slow in several countries, saying Musk’s claim was “wrong”.
Frohnhoefer proceeded to reel off a number of reasons why Twitter was slow on Android, like how “it’s bloated with features that get little usage”, but his responses went without a reply from Musk.
A user then suggested Frohnhoefer should have objected to Musk’s claim privately, to which Frohnhoefer said: “Maybe he should ask questions privately. Maybe using Slack or email.”
Shortly after that exchange, Musk informed the Twitterverse in a since-deleted tweet that Frohnhoefer had been fired.
Forbes reached out to Frohnhoefer after the public dismissal and asked whether he’d been properly informed about his sacking.
“Nope, nothing,” Frohnhoefer told Forbes. “They’re all a bunch of cowards.”
Frohnhoefer shared a picture of being locked out of his work account on Twitter, saying “Guess it is official now.” He later told Forbes: “My laptop just shut off and now I can’t get back into it.”
If it wasn’t already clear that Frohnhoefer had been officially let go by Twitter, his bio now reads “Android developer open to new opportunities” and “formerly at Twitter”.
Frohnhoefer, who had been with the company for over eight years, told Forbes that Twitter has “gone downhill” since Musk’s arrival and that “No one trusts anyone within the company anymore. How can you function? Employees don’t trust the new management. Management doesn’t trust the employees. How do you think you're supposed to get anything done?”
Musk didn’t respond to Forbes’ request for comment, and neither did Twitter as Musk disbanded the company’s public relations department after taking control.
In other Twitter news – and brace yourself, because there’s been a lot – Musk has banned free lunches, introduced a second check mark for official accounts and recently told employees that “bankruptcy wasn’t out of the question.”
The chaos at Twitter may be ruining people’s livelihoods, but it seems the drama that is ensuing on the platform is helping to drive daily active users. Musk shared a graph that shows the social media platform has seen a steady rise in users since July 1st.
It remains to be seen whether Musk can convince these new users to pay $8 for Twitter Blue, but the service that lets anyone get a check mark was been pulled shortly after several nefarious users began impersonating official accounts.
Musk also fell victim to being impersonated, and he swiftly put a stop to it after quickly becoming the brunt of the joke.
To summarize, then, comedy is legal on Twitter… until it isn’t, and free speech could get you fired.
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