Workers at the billionaire’s space company spoke of “harmful behavior.”
Nine employees of Space XElon Musk’s space company, have been fired for having signed a letter in which they criticized his “harmful behavior on Twitter” after the controversial purchase of the company for 44,000 million dollars.
According to the New York Times newspaper, which cites several of those fired – some anonymous and others with first and last names – the signatories were publicly reprimanded at the company considering that their letter was an extremist act, and the vice president of Space X , John Edwards, reminded them that Musk could do whatever he wanted in the company: “Space X is Elon and Elon is Space X,” he told them.
Shortly after, They got fired.
The newspaper dedicates a long article to this incident, which according to him highlights the difficulty of expressing agreement or dissent within the companies of Elon Musk, who in turn has shown little sympathy with the attempts to unionize his employees.
On Tuesday, the same newspaper published that more than two dozen Twitter employees had been fired for being critical of Musk, and also yesterday it was learned that he had given an ultimatum to the remaining workers of the network to show “exceptional performance.” consisting of “work long hours at high intensity”or else they will be fired.
Likewise, the incident reveals another of the problems of Musk’s network of companies, such as the confusion between one and the other, manifested on several occasions: the magnate has not only sold Tesla shares (for a value of 4,000 million) to finance his purchase of Twitter, but has brought in experts from its other companies to redesign the new functionalities of the social network.
The Twitter Exodus
This Thursday was a hurricane that swept through Twitter: hundreds of Twitter employees resigned from Musk, after the company’s new owner issued an ultimatum on adhering to a “cultural reset” of the company: they began to post goodbyes in Slack, the company chat, and even goodbye emojis on social networks. The office is closed until Monday and all access is blocked.
Within hours, employees displayed a marquee with insults to Musk.
The new purge of Twitter’s ranks comes after Musk recently fired dozens of employees who criticized him in tweets and internal messages. Musk then set a deadline of Thursday for all employees to answer “yes” to a Google form about whether they wanted to stay on what Musk calls “Twitter 2.0.”
Otherwise, today would be their last day of work and they would receive severance pay. After the deadline rolled around, hundreds of employees quickly began posting goodbye messages and greeting emojis on Twitter’s Slack, announcing that they had said no to Musk’s ultimatum.
The last two weeks have been a whirlwind for the company: changes to the Twitter Blue subscription (which meant losing the verification tick for accounts that already have it if they don’t pay $8 per month), new “official” certifications for legitimate accounts, layoffs, Musk’s constant crosses with employees on the social network and more.
Twitter had about 2,900 employees remaining before Thursday’s deadline, thanks to Musk laying off about half of the 7,500-person workforce when he took office and the resignations that followed.
Remaining and departing Twitter employees told The Verge that given the magnitude of the resignations this week, they expect the platform to start crashing soon. One says that they have seen “legendary engineers” and others look up to leave one by one.
“Looks like all the people who made this place amazing are leaving,” the staff member said on Twitter. “It will be extremely difficult for Twitter to recover from here, no matter how tough the people who are left try to be.”
The departing Twitter employees have been told they will receive at least three months of pay, though they haven’t had a chance to review yet. their separation agreements.