Elon Musk is facing heavy criticism on Twitter Tuesday morning (May 7) after an exchange with an employee took a turn that shocked many. Musk was seen questioning the person’s disability and dismissing them in what some viewed as insulting.
Elon Musk, 51, was called out by former Twitter designer Halli Thorleifsson in a tweet asking if he was fired from the company after losing access to his work computer.
Dear @elonmusk [waving emoji]. 9 days ago the access to my work computer was cut, along with about 200 other Twitter employees. However, your head of HR is not able to confirm if I am an employee or not. You’ve not answered my emails. Maybe if enough people retweet you’ll answer me here?” Thorleifsson tweeted on Monday (May 6).
Thorleifsson’s thread also contained a message for former Twitter CEO and founder Jack Dorsey.
“Hi @jack. I would really appreciate your help on this one. My company was acquired on your watch and I joined because I believed in what you were building,” Thorleifsson added.
Gaining Musk’s attention, the Twitter boss asks, “What work have you been doing?” in the thread to which Thorleifsson fired back with, “I would need to break confidentiality to answer this question here. If you have your lawyers share in writing that I can do that then I’d be happy to discuss that openly!”
Another Twitter user, Alex Cohen, who tweets under @anothercohen, shared a screengrab of the exchange between Musk and Thorleifsson and got a response from Musk.
“The reality is that this guy (who is independently wealthy) did no actual work, claimed as his excuse that he had a disability that prevented him from typing, yet was simultaneously tweeting up a storm. Can’t say I have a lot of respect for that,” Musk wrote.
Truthfully, it appears that Elon Musk is determined to bring the once-mightly social media platform to its knees and there are even reports that he currently walks about Twitter headquarters with bodyguards in tow, according to a new piece from The Daily Beast.
On Twitter, folks are giving the Telsa founder the business. Keep scrolling for those reactions.
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