The entire saga of Elon Musk firing nearly 50 percent of Twitter’s global workforce has been a clown show. If some former employees of Twitter are to be believed, how Twitter’s management has dealt with everything is even more comical.
First, Musk took to Twitter to paint the terminations as something he had to do to ensure that Twitter survives.
Then there was how Twitter fired its staff. While most people who were terminated were notified by email, a lot of former Twitter employees have revealed that the way they found out that they no longer worked with Twitter was when they found out that their work laptops and computers had been wiped remotely and when they couldn’t log in to their work-related systems, such as emails and Slack.
Soon, after terminating almost 3700 people in a rather abrupt manner, Twitter’s management has reached out to dozens of employees who were ‘erroneously’ fired. The administration has also reached out to several other employees, mainly Android and iOS developers, after realizing that they had the required skills and experience to execute Musk’s plans for Twitter.
If this wasn’t comical enough, then what a Twitter user named Gergely Orosz has revealed about the firings came to be will surely make you shake your head in dismay.
Twitter’s management that fired all those people mainly consisted of Tesla, SpaceX, and Boring Company engineers that Elon Musk had brought along with him. Now, barring Twitter, all of Musk’s companies use services from Microsoft for their internal communications. For example, instead of Slack, Musk’s companies use MS Teams.
The new Twitter management, comprising only the team members Musk had brought with him, decided to create Slack channels to communicate amongst themselves. While MS Teams channels are private by default, Slack channels are public, meaning people working on Twitter could easily access what was being said in those group chats.
The new management discussed how Elon expects a list of people to be fired across organizations. Presumably, they also created and shared the indexes on those Slack channels.
The new Twitter management realized that their channels were public, so they soon deleted them. However, the employees of Twitter who had come across those chats and lists have already taken screenshots of these lists.
From the conversations and the lists, what became clear was that the people who were terminated were selected arbitrarily and, of course, without exit interviews.
Now, had the terminations been carried out respectfully and dignifiedly, the chances of these screenshots surfacing would be minimal. However, given how acrimonious the exit was for most employees, expect to see those screenshots in the open soon.