Elon Musk Fires Twitter Employee On Twitter After An Online Disagreement

Eric Frohnhoefer had been working for Twitter for the past 8 years. He can be called a ‘veteran Twitter engineer’, as he had been working on Twitter’s Android application for the past 6 years. Hence, getting fired from Twitter on Twitter is something that he, or any other Twitter employee, could never have imagined.

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Here’s what happened. On November 13 at 11:30 PM, Elon Musk tweeted an apology for Twitter being “super slow in many countries” and that the “app is doing >1000 poorly”.

A couple of hours later, on November 14 at 2:44 AM, Eric Frohnhoefer argued Musk’s claims and tweeted “this is wrong”.

After this, Elon Musk and Eric got into an online disagreement followed by an argument.

To this online exchange, many people were of the opinion that correcting your boss on a public forum is unprofessional behavior and asked Elon to fire him.


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And that’s exactly what Elon Musk did – he fired him, a Twitter employee, on Twitter.

In another tweet, Eric shared a picture of his laptop and claimed that he has lost all access.

In a conversation with Forbes, Eric revealed that he didn’t have a strong opinion regarding Elon Musk right after his acquisition of the company. Instead, he kept his mind open and waited to see what would happen. However, after this, he says that the company has gone “downhill”.

What’s even more astonishing is that Eric claimed he didn’t get any official notification from the company regarding his dismissal.

“No one trusts anyone within the company anymore. How can you function? Employees don’t trust the new management. Management doesn’t trust the employees. How do you think you’re supposed to get anything done? That’s why there’s production freezes – you can’t merge code, you can’t turn things on without permission from VPs,” he said, expressing his concern for the future of Twitter.

Do you think this entire incident was justified? Couldn’t the two have discussed work problems privately? And did Musk really have to fire him over a tweet?

What are your views on this incident? Share with us!

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