Twitter employee asks Elon Musk directly if he was fired

On Monday evening, one such employee, Haraldur Thorleifsson, a prominent designer at the company, took to Twitter to complain that the company had yet to confirm he had been made redundant, nine days after being banned from his work computer.

The Twitter CEO responded by asking Haraldur what he was doing on Twitter. even musk tweeted that he would approve of Haraldur breaching confidentiality for sharing what he did.

But after Haraldur shared some of his responsibilities on Twitter, Musk responded with a clip from the movie “Office Space”, where two consultants challenge an employee with a question: “What would you say you are doing here? »

On February 26, Haraldur was reportedly one of 200 employees laid off by the social media company at the end of February. Haraldur, who joined Twitter in 2021, even posted a farewell tweet the same day.

Yet, according to his tweets, Haraldur never got official confirmation that he was “no longer employed” at the company until after his Twitter conversation with Musk.

Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The social media company no longer has a communications department.


Harold joined Twitter in 2021 after selling his design agency Ueno to the social media company. The sale was billed as a “acquired-rentalor when a company is bought for its talent, rather than other parts of its business operations.

According to Haraldur personal websitehe led an “innovation team” at Twitter that helped lead Twitter communities as well as the service.”edit button.”

Haraldur offered more details about his work in his chat with Musk on Monday, which included the company’s shift “from focusing on power users and on younger users (because our user base is aging).”

Musk responded by casting doubt on Haraldur’s work, Tweeter: “Pictures or it didn’t happen.”

Layoffs on Twitter

Other Twitter acquisitions fared poorly after Musk bought the company. Twitter has fired Martijn de Kuijper, the founder of Revue, a newsletter service that Twitter acquired in 2021, as part of its job cuts on February 26.

“Looks like I’m let go. Now my journey in the Revue is really over”, by Kujiper tweeted. Twitter Closes Review Last year.

Both Haraldur and de Kujiper were on a ‘do not fire’ list, due to the expenses of being fired, reported Platform, a newsletter run by technology journalists Zoe Schiffer and Casey Newton. (Monday, Haraldur asked on Twitter whether the company “will pay me what it owes me according to my contract”.)

The continued layoffs may have repercussions for Twitter, which has seen frequent issues in recent weeks.

On Monday, Twitter suffered another breakdownas users have complained that they cannot share images or access links. Platform reported that the outage was due to Twitter shutting down free access to the company’s API.

Platform reports that a single site reliability engineer was put on the project, who made a “bad configuration change” that broke both Twitter’s platform and many of its internal tools, citing an employee current company.

“A small API change had massive ramifications. The code stack is extremely fragile for no good reason,” Musk tweeted Monday. “Will ultimately need a complete rewrite.

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