The latter are agitated for Twitter’s HR — and its owner as well. Elon Musk is firing employees who criticized him on Slack. Additionally, the Twitter boss fired an employee who publicly corrected him about a Twitter issue.
According to Casey Newton of the platformer, at least ten employees were fired this Tuesday (15) from Twitter for criticism made in channels on Slack. The platform is used by the company for its internal communication. On Monday, Musk fired an engineer who corrected him on Twitter🇧🇷
Employees criticized Musk for tweet about slowness
The layoffs began early on Tuesday. The case comes days after Musk blamed Twitter’s architecture for slowness in several countries. The social network’s boss claimed that the problem was caused by the fact that the platform made several calls on servers – more than 1,000, Musk said.
In some Slack channels (as is understood in Casey Newton’s tweet), employees criticized the CEO’s attitude. For some outside of Twitter, Elon’s post was the voice of the company paying attention to its users and “putting order in the house”. For those who work on the platform, it was a public “washing of clothes” and disrespect for employees.
In the end, Elon Musk could very well use Slack to seek to understand the problem, hear from his employees the reason for the slowness and learn what Twitter’s architecture is like🇧🇷 However, this is Musk, a heavy Twitter user and a follower of “show, don’t tell” – making things spectacular is part of his ethos.
Newton had access to emails sent to laid-off employees. In the text, it is informed that they behaved in violation of the company’s code of conduct. The irony is that this code has not changed since Musk joined and the company had a culture of valuing “internal dissent” — in a sense of being open to criticism to build trust among the team🇧🇷
One of the dismissed employees is Yao Yue, a software engineer at Twitter since 2010. According to Newton, the former engineer was one of the people who criticized the attitude of “washing clothes” in public. PhD from Cornell University, Yue was leader of the team responsible for research and development of the infrastructure from Twitter.
The former employee’s situation seems similar to Eric Frohnhoefer’s case. Unlike his former co-worker, Eric didn’t use Slack to complain about Musk. He responded directly to the now former boss on Twitter — and reminded him that he could use Slack to solve the problem.
Frohnhoefer, software engineer at Twitter for Android, rebutted the information that Twitter performs more than 1,000 calls on servers, explained to Musk how the app works, pointed out improvements to be made and even answered attacks and questions. After learning of the dismissal, he was still interviewed by Forbes and called Musk’s team “cowards”.
Big Brother Twitter
In the end, airing dirty laundry in public and focusing on “spectacularizing” your work could backfire on Musk. Even though he mocked the dismissal of these employeesthe curriculum of these two cited in the article is desired by other companies — highlighting here that Twitter does not use GitHub.
There is not only the problem of lost talent (especially from the infrastructure leader), but also that advertisers will look to Twitter as a space where the company owner talks badly about the product itself — and without understanding how it works.