On Tuesday, it was revealed that new Twitter owner Elon Musk fired employees that had criticized their new boss in the social media platform’s Slack channels.
These employees were reportedly fired overnight through an email, which stated, "We regret to inform you that your employment is terminated immediately," according to journalist Casey Newton.
"Your recent behavior has violated company policy," that email added.
According to Newton, these firings appear to have affected around 20 employees.
One of these employees that was fired was Yao Yue, according to Newton.
"After 12 amazing years and 3 weeks of chaos, I’m officially fired by Twitter," the post read. "Never expected I would have stayed this long, and never expected I would be this relieved to be gone."
Another person fired was Hojune Yoo, who wrote on Twitter, "LMFAO my recent behavior violated Twitter’s policy. Feel so good that Elon Musk cared about my behavior."
According to an employee who spoke with Protocol, the tone of Twitter’s Slack channels "changed overnight with the acquisition."
"Formerly outspoken employees fell silent. Submitting a tough question for 'ask me anything' town halls became unthinkable," Protocol reported.
"We definitely talked about Elon command+F-ing ‘Elon Musk,’" the anonymous employee told Protocol. "A group of us were saying, ‘Oh shit, what did I ever say about Elon Musk on Slack?’"
"I don’t think many people predicted that — which is obvious in hindsight — the new owner would start combing through past messages once the acquisition went through," former Twitter software engineer Manu Cornet told Protocol. "I certainly wasn’t smart enough to think about that. Some might, but we’ll never know because they were smart enough to keep quiet."
When Musk’s proposal to purchase the platform was announced earlier this year, some Twitter employees took to their Slack channels to complain about the billionaire.
One site reliability engineer, who reportedly identifies as a nonbinary transgender and plural person said: "Physically cringy watching Elon talk about free speech."
One senior staff software engineer said, "We’re all going through the five stages of grief in cycles and everyone’s nerves are frazzled."
"We’re all spinning our wheels, and coming up with worst-case scenarios (Trump returns! No more moderation!). The fact is that [Musk] has not talked about what he’s planning on doing in any detail outside of broad sweeping statements that could be easily seen as hyperbolic showboating," he added, also calling Musk an a**hole.
One senior staff video engineer announced that he would be quitting at the conclusion of the takeover, saying "Not the place to say it perhaps, but I will not work for this company after the takeover."
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