Twitter Employee Asks Elon Musk on the Platform if He’s Fired

His frustration made him turn to twitter to ask for his employment status.

A Twitter employee, whose Twitter handle is ‘iamharaldur’ said he did not receive straight answers regarding his employment status for nine days.

In a tweet to the platform’s chief executive, Elon Musk, the man identified as Halli Thorleifsson tweeted “Dear @elonmusk. 9 days ago 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?”  Mr. Musk responded by asking “What work have you been doing?”

After a series of follow up questions and answers between the two, Mr. Musk responded with two laughing emojis. However, Mr. Thorleifsson eventually received an email confirming that he had been sacked.

According to BBC, Mr. Thorleifsson was a senior director in product design for Twitter. The 45-year-old said “I opened my computer on Sunday morning nine days ago and saw that the screen was grey and locked, indicating that I had been locked out of my Twitter accounts.”

“After a few days had passed I started reaching out to people, including Elon and the head of HR to ask about my situation,” he told BBC. He said “the head of HR has since twice emailed me and has not been able to answer whether or not I am an employee at Twitter.”

Mr. Musk also went on to say “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.”

Although he affirmed that “companies let people go, that’s within their right”, Mr. Thorleifsson has expressed concern about whether he would receive payment as outlined in his contract. “This is extremely stressful”, he told BBC. “This is my retirement fund, a way to take care of myself and my family as my disease progresses…”

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