Tweet Shocker! "He's FIRED"; in horror move, Elon Musk sacks Twitter employee over spat

    Elon Musk has made a shocking move, perhaps the worst since taking over Twitter. He has fired an employee on Twitter through a horrific tweet.
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    | Updated on: Nov 15 2022, 11:21 IST
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    1/13 He’s told employees to brace themselves for long hours, that “the road ahead is arduous and will require intense work to succeed,” and said bankruptcy was possible. Here’s how the saga is unfolding: (Bloomberg)
    2/13 Oct. 27: Musk takes control- His first act is to fire the Board along with CEO Parag Agrawal, CFO Ned Segal, head of legal Vijaya Gadde and Counsel Sean Edgett. Musk forms advisory team that includes celebrity attorney Alex Spiro, VC David Sacks, Neuralink CEO and head of Musk’s family office Jared Birchall, investor Jason Calacanis, and partner of Andreessen Horowitz Sriram Krishnan. (Reuters)
    3/13 Oct. 28: Brands begin to take pause- As Musk plans to unban accounts and says he will charge for user verification, advertisers suspend ads. (AFP)
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    4/13 Oct. 31: Top tweeters protest- Amid murmurings of plans to charge existing verified accounts, author Steven King tweets, “$20 a month to keep my blue check? F**k that, they should pay me. If that gets instituted, I’m gone like Enron.” (AFP)
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    5/13 Nov. 1: Teams working around the clock- The product team works over the weekend on Musk’s idea to charge users for blue check marks. A photo of product director Esther Crawford sleeping on the floor of a conference room, trying to make the deadline, goes viral. Meanwhile, managers are asked to make lists of who can be fired. Employees print out their software code for review by Musk and engineers from Tesla, to determine if their contributions are worthy of keeping a job. (REUTERS)
    6/13 Nov. 3: Massive layoffs begin- A memo is sent to all employees telling them of imminent layoffs and to watch for an email with the subject line: “Your Role at Twitter.” Badge access to offices is suspended as 3,700 staffers receive word that they’ve been cut. Realizing employees essential for the continuity of the business have been let go by mistake, some are asked to come back. (AP)
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    7/13 Co-founder EV Williams tweets, “Heart’s out to the tweeps getting laid off today.” Co-founder Jack Dorsey adds, “I realize many are angry with me. I own the responsibility for why everyone is in this situation: I grew the company size too quickly. I apologize for that.” (REUTERS)
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    8/13 Nov. 5-6: Musk responds to celebrity protests- Unrest grows on the platform over the weekend, particularly over the issue of impersonator accounts. Actress Valerie Bertinelli starts a movement of people changing their Twitter names to “Elon Musk.” Comedian Kathy Griffin joins the protest, finds her account locked. Then Musk announces, “Going forward, any Twitter handles engaging in impersonation without clearly specifying `parody’ will be permanently suspended.” (AP)
    9/13 Nov. 8: Musk sells more Tesla- Despite a previous vow not to sell any more Tesla stock, Musk sells an additional $3.95 billion, bringing the total sold in past year to $36 billion. (REUTERS)
    10/13 Nov. 9: Musk Blue tick mark- Blue check mark option becomes available for purchase, and immediately becomes a tool for impersonators. An account masquerading as Nintendo Inc. posts an image of Super Mario holding up a middle finger. (REUTERS)
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    11/13 Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, and a close cadre of advisers are considering a host of changes to the way Twitter is run and makes money. (REUTERS)
    12/13 Nov. 10: More key executives quit as Musk warns of bankruptcy- In his first meeting with employees, Musk tells them to brace for 80-hour weeks and requires everyone back in the office full time. He also says bankruptcy for the company is not out of the question if it doesn’t start generating more cash. Several executives in charge of keeping Twitter safe and accountable to its users quit, including chief information security officer Lea Kissner, chief privacy officer Damien Kieran and chief compliance Marianne Fogarty.. (AFP)
    13/13 Nov. 11: Verified accounts get “Official” tags- Twitter adds badges that say “offiical” to verified accounts in some places, though confusion abounds. More brands depart the platform. (REUTERS)
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    Elon Musk fires a Twitter employee after he questions Musk’s assessment of the platform. (REUTERS)

    Twitter has been on a rollercoaster ride ever since the world's richest person, Elon Musk, took charge of the platform. On the first day of his takeover, he fired top executives including former CEO Parag Agrawal and legal head Vijaya Gadde. In days to follow, he conducted a mass layoff on the platform letting go of nearly 3,700 employees globally that also saw the entire Twitter India marketing team being sacked. Now, in a shocking move, the Twitter CEO has fired an engineer after he questioned Musk over his tweet. Check the details below.

    On November 13, Musk tweeted an apology for the slowdown of the platform and said, “Btw, I'd like to apologize for Twitter being super slow in many countries. App is doing >1000 poorly batched RPCs just to render a home timeline”. He also explained that the Twitter app in the US takes ~2 secs to refresh, but ~20 secs in India, due to bad batching/verbose comms.

    Twitter app developer questions Elon Musk over his tweet

    Eric Frohnhoefer, who claimed to be working on Twitter for Android replied to the tweet by Musk expressing his disagreement. He said, “I have spent ~6yrs working on Twitter for Android and can say this is wrong”.

    Calling out his boss publicly on the social media platform did not go down well with Musk who replied to him by saying, “Then please correct me. What is the right number?”. He also questioned the employee on the platform asking, “Twitter is super slow on Android. What have you done to fix that?”.

    In a series of tweets, Frohnhoefer replied to Musk answering his questions. He said, “We have done a bunch of work to improve performance and we found that it correlates well with increasing UAM and Ad spend. Agree, there is plenty of room for performance improvements on Android. However, I don't think the number of requests is the primary issue.”

    He continued, “For a cold start of the app there are ~20 requests to load home timeline. Most of the requests are non-blocking and happen in the background. This includes things like images, user settings, hashflags, etc. I think there are three reasons the app is slow. First it's bloated with features that get little usage. Second, we have accumulated years of tech debt as we have traded velocity and features over perf. Third, we spend a lot of time waiting for network responses”.

    While Musk did not respond to the tweets publicly, several hours later he replied to another tweet which suggested that the CEO should not let his employee display insubordination publicly and take a step against him. That tweet has been deleted by the user now. Replying to it, Musk revealed, “He's fired”.

    Meanwhile, Frohnhoefer has apparently taken this on the chin. In a tweet posted after the revelation that he was fired, he said, “Probably should have just called in sick”. He also answered another user who suggested that he should have responded to the Twitter chief privately and said, “Maybe he should ask questions privately. Maybe using Slack or email”.

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    First Published Date: 15 Nov, 10:51 IST
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