Twitter fired employees who publicly berated Elon Musk

At least three Twitter employees who survived mass layoffs that cut the company’s workforce in half have been fired after calling their new boss on the platform. One of them is Eric Frohnhoefer, who responded to Elon Musk’s tweet and apologized for Twitter being slow in many countries. “App does >1000 poorly grouped RPCs to display a home timeline!” Musk wrote. Frohnhoefer responded that after six years of working on Twitter for Android, he can say that Musk’s statement is “false”.

The manager of several companies early him what the right number was and what he did to fix Twitter for Android, which was “super slow”. He replied with the work his team has done for the app and noted a few reasons why it’s slow: “First, it’s bloated with features that are little used. Second, we’ve built up years of technical debt because we’ve traded speed and features over performance. Third, we spend a lot of time waiting for network responses .”

Their exchange went on in several threads, and when a user told Frohnhoefer that he should have privately informed his boss, he replied: “Maybe he should ask questions privately. Maybe via Slack or email.” Afterward, Musk took to Twitter to let everyone know that Fronhoefer had been fired.

So said the former Twitter app engineer Forbes that he had not received any communication from Twitter about his firing and that his laptop “just shut down.” He added that “[n]o people don’t trust anyone within the company anymore” so it was hard to function. The former Twitter employee also said that before Musk took over “people were more open and felt like they could criticize and that’s clearly not now the case.”

Another engineer named Ben Leib was also fired, Bloomberg has confirmed. Leib also responded to the same apology tweet from Musk, say that as a former “tech lead for timeline infrastructure at Twitter”, their new owner had no idea what he was talking about. And then there’s Sasha Solomon, a tech lead for the company who chimed in with her own response to the same Musk tweet and later announced that she too was fired.

There have been huge changes on Twitter after Elon Musk officially bought the company. He immediately fired top executives, including CEO Parag Agrawal, and ordered mass layoffs, resulting in the loss of about 50 percent of the social network’s employees. Twitter also launched the $8 a month Blue plan, which gave anyone who can pay access to instant verification. However, easily obtaining the blue check led to an increase in impersonation and legitimate-looking fake accounts on the website.

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