Elon Musk fires Twitter Engineer who argued with him publicly
Twitter Inc. owner Elon Musk, who has called himself a “free speech absolutist,” fired a company engineer who publicly argued with him over the app performance.
An engineer named Eric Frohnhoefer was fired by Twitter’s new CEO for publicly arguing with him.
The controversy began on November 13 when Elon Musk apologised in a tweet saying, “I’d like to apologize for Twitter being super slow in many countries. App is doing 1000 times poorly batched RPCs just to render a home timeline!”
The engineer replied to this tweet that he has been working on Twitter’s Android app for 6 years and he can say that Elon Musk was wrong.
The engineer said that there was room to improve the performance of the Android app, but the reason given by Elon Musk was not correct.
Eric Frohnhoefer furthered that the main reason for the problems was that the app was packed with features that only few people use.
After that, the discussion escalated and other issues were discussed beyond the Android app.
Elon Musk later responded to a twitter user’s question about the engineer’s behavior, saying he had been fired.
The Musk’ tweet has now been deleted and the engineer confirmed to the media that his computer was locked by the company.
He informed that no formal notice was given by the company over his termination.