Musk says sorry to fired employee whom he publicly ridiculed: ‘He is considering staying’ | Tech

Elon Musk has apologized to a disabled Twitter employee who was fired after directly asking the CEO if he still had a job. Musk had, among other things, mocked the man’s disability and now says he was misinformed.

“I just had a video call with Halli to find out what the reality is versus what I was told. It’s a long story. It is better to speak to someone than to communicate by tweet,” the CEO writes on Twitter. “I would like to apologize to Halli for misjudging his situation. That was based on things that were said to me, but are not true. , or in some cases true but not meaningful. He is considering staying with Twitter,” Musk added.

Musk’s message came after 45-year-old Haraldur Thorleifsson, known as Halli, addressed Elon Musk directly to CEO Elon Musk, asking if he was still employed, as he was denied access to his work computer and no one from HR could answer him. could give. What followed was a conversation between Musk and the man on Twitter. Not much later, the Icelander received an email that he had been fired.

“Nine days ago I lost access to my work computer along with about 200 other Twitter employees,” Thorleifsson started his tweet. “The head of HR cannot answer whether I am still employed. You haven’t answered my emails yet. If enough people retweet this, you might respond here.”

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Musk replied to Thorleiffson’s message a day later. “What kind of work have you done,” Musk asked, followed by a few more questions. Thorleiffson was active as a senior director of product design after he sold his company Ueno to Twitter a few years ago for a large sum. Finally, Musk sent him two smiling emojis.

The CEO’s top man scoffed at Thorleiffson. “The reality is that this man (who is independently wealthy) was not doing any real work, claiming as an excuse that he had a disability that prevented him from typing, but at the same time going wild on Twitter. I can’t say I have much respect for that.”

After the conversation on Twitter, the Icelander received an email from HR with the message that he is no longer employed. “What a strange and extremely stressful experience,” Thorleifsson told the BBC afterwards. “Companies are allowed to fire people, that is their right. But usually they do inform people about it. Apparently that is optional with Twitter.”

In the end, Musk therefore backed down and it is being examined whether Thorleifsson can keep his job.