The exchange began when Musk apologized “for Twitter being super slow in many countries,” saying there was an issue with the number of remote-procedure calls being processed at a high rate, which had caused the rendering of the site’s homebage to slow down.
Twitter engineer Eric Frohnhoefer then used the platform to call out Musk publicly, claiming to “have spent ~6yrs working on Twitter for Android,” telling Musk that he was “wrong,” .
I have spent ~6yrs working on Twitter for Android and can say this is wrong. https://t.co/sh30ZxpD0N
— Eric Frohnhoefer @ 🏡 (@EricFrohnhoefer) November 13, 2022
“He’s fired,” Musk responded.
Frohnhoefer, 41, responded with a saluting emoji. Soon thereafter, around 1 p.m. Pacific Time on Monday, he found himself locked out, according to Forbes.
“My laptop just shut off and now I can’t get back into it,” he said.
He then proceeded to go on a complaining spree about Musk, who recently bought to social media company for $44 million and revealed his plan to cut its workforce by about half.
“No one trusts anyone within the company anymore,” Frohnhoefer said.
“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?,” he continued. “That’s why there’s production freezes—you can’t merge code, you can’t turn things on without permission from VPs.”
He also claimed that before Musk’s takeover, “people were more open and felt that they could criticize and now that’s clearly not the case.”
Following his mass layoffs of useless and insubordinate staffers—who reportedly gave 99% of their donations in the midterm election to Democrats—Musk recently delivered an ultimatum to those who remained.
He told the staff to commit to Twitter “hardcore” or accept the severance package offers, the Washington Post reported.
He even axed the company’s outsourced content “moderators,” who saw it as their divine duty to track hate and enforce rules against content deemed harmful by the regime.
Employees “will need to be extremely hardcore” going forward, he said. “This will mean working long hours at high intensity. Only exceptional performance will constitute a passing grade.”
Musk also mandated that remote employees return to the office, ruffling even more feathers.