Twitter chief Elon Musk fired an engineer who had been working at the social media platform for years publicly after he pointed out how Musk’s assessment was wrong.
The billionaire posted an apology on Twitter for the app being slow in many countries. He said that the microblogging platform was doing “>1000 poorly batched RPCs just to render timelines”.
A developer working on Twitter for Android for years, Eric Frohnhoefer, said on Twitter that Musk’s assessment was flawed. As a response, the Tesla CEO asked Frohnhoefer what the correct figures were and what steps the engineers had taken to fix issues.
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
Since the discussion was public on Twitter, people started reacting to the tweets and poured in many memes as well.
Some developers supported the Android developer while others said he should have told his boss of the issues “privately”. However, Frohnhoefer said that Musk should have asked privately.
“Maybe he should ask questions privately. Maybe using Slack or email.”
“True, he brought it up in public first,” a netizen commented.
While the chaotic thread was going on, one of the users tagged Musk and asked him if he even wants “this kind of attitude” on his team.
Musk, who is known for being very active on social media, responded to the thread and said “he’s fired”. The developer replied with a salute emoji and changed his Twitter bio which now reads: “Android developer open to new opportunities. Formerly @twitter.”
Interestingly, Musk’s tweet was deleted after a few hours.