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Twitter fired employees who publicly called out Elon Musk

At least three Twitter employees who survived the mass layoffs that lower the company’s workforce in half have been fired after calling out their new boss on the platform. One of them is Eric Frohnhoefer, who responded to Elon Musk’s tweet apologizing for Twitter being sluggish in lots of nations. “App is doing >1000 poorly batched RPCs just to render a home timeline!” Musk wrote. Frohnhoefer responded that after six years of engaged on Twitter for Android, he can say that Musk’s assertion “is wrong.” 

The multi-company govt then asked him what the fitting quantity was and what has he performed to repair Twitter for Android, which has been “super slow.” He replied with the work his crew has performed for the app and listed a couple of causes on why it is sluggish: “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.”

Their trade went on in a number of threads, and when one consumer instructed Frohnhoefer that he ought to’ve knowledgeable his boss privately, he replied: “Maybe he should ask questions privately. Maybe using Slack or email.” After that, Musk knowledgeable everybody on Twitter that Fronhoefer had been fired.

The former Twitter app engineer instructed Forbes that he had gotten no communication from Twitter about his dismissal and that his laptop computer “just shut off.” He added that “[n]o one trusts anyone within the company anymore,” so it has been arduous to perform. The former Twitter worker additionally stated that earlier than Musk took over, “people were more open and felt that they could criticize and now that’s clearly not the case.”

Another engineer named Ben Leib was additionally fired, Bloomberg has confirmed. Leib additionally responded to the identical apology tweet by Musk, saying that as a former “tech lead for timelines infrastructure at Twitter,” their new proprietor had no concept what he was speaking about. And then there’s Sasha Solomon, a tech lead for the company who chimed in along with her personal response to the identical Musk tweet and who later announced that she, too, bought fired.

There have been large modifications over at Twitter after Elon Musk formally bought the company. He instantly dismissed its prime executives, together with CEO Parag Agrawal, and ordered mass layoffs that noticed round 50 p.c of the social community’s employees lose their jobs. Twitter additionally launched the $8-a-month Blue subscription that offered everybody who pays entry to on the spot verification. Making the blue checkmark simple to acquire, nonetheless, led to the rise in impersonation and legitimate-looking faux accounts on the web site. 

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