A Twitter engineer said he believes he was fired for violating Elon Musk’s criticism on Slack.
He said he would have come up with “much smarter and more devastating jokes” had he known he was going to be fired.
Musk has been quick to fire employees who disagree with him.
A fired Twitter engineer said he would have come up with “much smarter and more devastating pranks” on new owner Elon Musk had he known he was going to be fired.
After laying off about half of the company’s workforce, Musk fired employees for criticizing him and his leadership on Twitter, either on the platform or in Slack posts, which led to some employees reportedly removing their posts from fear for their job.
A current employee previously told Insider that the layoffs appeared to target many people in an internal Slack channel called Social Watercooler, which has about 2,000 members and has long been used by staff to chat and criticize the company.
Daniel Fletcher, who appeared to be a software engineer at Twitter, tweeted on Nov. 15: “I was fired for unspecified recent behavior that violates unnamed company policy, ie hanging out in the #social-watercooler.”
He had also retweeted some posts critical of Musk’s leadership, including one by now-fired Twitter engineer Benjamin Leib who said Musk “has no idea what he’s talking about.”
On Friday, Fletcher posted a thread commemorating his time at the social media giant. In addition to discussing his job and praising his co-workers, he commented on the jokes that he said led to his firings.
“Had I known I was going to be fired for taking part in the 1200 RPC discussion or making fun of Elon (who knows? We were never told!) I would have come up with much cleverer and more devastating jokes,” Fletcher tweeted.
“I mean come on Elon, we were just playing around.”
“The 1200 RPC discussion” refers to a tweet from Musk apologizing for the app’s “super slow” performance. Leib and two other engineers said they were fired after publicly criticizing the tweet.
“I had the honor of working on the US #ElectionSquad 2022 (which was decimated in the thanos snap) and was building a generic malicious media detection system when the ax found me late Monday night,” said Fletcher .
Twitter employees jokingly refer to Musk’s firings as “the Thanos snap,” referring to the Marvel character who destroyed half the universe by snapping his fingers.
“It had been my intention to spend my entire career at Twitter,” Fletcher added.
After Musk took control of Twitter, both current and fired employees were quick to post tweets mocking or criticizing the tech tycoon, sparking dozens of memes.
In addition to the mass layoffs and targeted layoffs, dozens of Twitter employees have also chosen to leave the company. Much of this came in the form of voluntary layoffs after Musk outlined his vision for “Twitter 2.0” and told employees to be “extremely hardcore” and work “long hours at high intensity.”
A person familiar with the company’s processes told Insider’s Kali Hays that less than half of the company’s remaining approximately 4,000 employees chose to stay with the company.
“I bet millennia of domain knowledge and expertise chose to leave Twitter today. Let THAT sink in,” Fletcher tweetedreferring to how Musk brought a sink to Twitter headquarters the day before his deal to buy the platform went through.
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