March 20, 2023

Twitter CEO had questioned former staffer about his work, incapacity and wish for lodging.

For those who’re not informed you’re fired, are you actually fired? At Twitter, most likely. After which, typically, you get your job again—if you need it.

Haraldur Thorleifsson, who till lately was employed at Twitter, logged in to his pc final Sunday to do some work — solely to search out himself locked out, together with 200 others.

He might need figured, as others earlier than him have within the chaotic months of layoffs and firings since Elon Musk took over the companythat he was out of a job.

As a substitute, after 9 days of no reply from Twitter as as to whether or not he was nonetheless employed, Thorleifsson determined to tweet at Musk to see if he might catch the billionaire’s consideration and get a solution to his Schrödinger’s job scenario.

“Perhaps if sufficient folks retweet you may reply me right here?” he wrote on Monday.

Finally, he received his reply after a surreal Twitter alternate with Musk, who proceeded to query him about his work, incapacity and wish for lodging (Thorleifsson, who goes by “Halli,” has muscular dystrophy and makes use of a wheelchair) and tweeted that has a “outstanding, lively Twitter account and is rich” and the “cause he confronted me in public was to get an enormous payout”. Whereas the alternate was occurring, Thorleifsson mentioned he acquired an electronic mail that he was now not employed.

Late Tuesday afternoon, nevertheless, Musk had a change of coronary heart.

“I wish to apologize to Halli for my misunderstanding of his scenario. It was primarily based on issues I used to be informed that have been unfaithful or, in some instances, true, however not significant,” he tweeted. “He’s contemplating remaining at Twitter.”

Thorleifsson didn’t instantly reply to a message for remark following Musk’s tweet. In an earlier electronic mail, he referred to as the expertise “surreal”.

“You had each proper to put me off. However it could have been good to let me know!” he tweeted to Musk.

Thorleifsson, who lives in Iceland, has about 151,000 Twitter followers (Musk has greater than 130 million). He joined Twitter in 2021, when the corporate, below the prior administration, acquired his startup Ueno.

He was praised in Icelandic media for selecting to obtain the acquisition worth in wages reasonably than a lump sum payout. That is as a result of this manner, he would pay increased taxes to Iceland in help of its social providers and security internet.

Thorleifsson’s subsequent transfer: “I am opening a restaurant in downtown Reykjavik very quickly,” he tweeted. “It is named after my mother.”

Twitter didn’t instantly reply to a message for remark.

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