After Elon Musk Twitter acquisition, the billionaire has been employing numerous weird strategies to sack employees working for the social media platform. In his bid to lay off more Twitter employees, he got himself in big trouble, which generated a lot of controversies. Elon Musk, who doesn't have a communications team at Twitter, fired a disabled employee and didn't inform him about it. In the employee's effort to reach out to Elon Musk, the billionaire insulted him.
Haraldur Thorleifsson is a disabled man from Iceland who was recently one of the Twitter employees fired. The details behind his sack were very controversial, thanks to the leadership of Elon Musk. Last Sunday, he logged in to his computer and found out that he had been logged out of Twitter by Elon Musk without any prior notice. So he was confused at first but later figured out that he might have been fired by Elon Musk, who has been looking for every possible means to sack employees.
After nine days of waiting for Twitter to send a message giving him details about his work termination, Haraldur Thorleifsson decided to tweet his predicament on Twitter and see if he could get the attention of Elon Musk. He made a tweet, and fortunately for him, it got the attention of the billionaire, who then proceeded to insult the disabled employee. Upon reacting to the tweet, Elon Musk questioned the disabled state of Haraldur Thorleifsson and asked him if he was really a legal employee on Twitter.
Haraldur Thorleifsson, who has muscular dystrophy and uses a wheelchair, was confronted by Elon Musk, who was accused of trying to receive a huge payout from him by calling him out on Twitter. According to Elon Musk, Haraldur Thorleifsson was wealthy and only tried to add to his wealth by calling him out on Twitter. It was during this heated exchange that Elon Musk sent Haraldur Thorleifsson an email that he had been fired from the social media platform. It was after a series of outrage from the public that Elon Musk saw his grave mistake and made efforts to apologize to Haraldur Thorleifsson.
Elon Musk Apology and Haraldur Thorleifsson Reaction
Since Elon Musk Twitter takeover, he rarely apologizes to Twitter employees fired. But he had to apologize to Haraldur Thorleifsson when he knew the public was disappointed in his behavior. According to Elon Musk, he wanted to apologize to the disabled employee because he misunderstood the situation, which led him to make those comments.
From the billionaire's tweet, "Based on your comment, I just did a video call with Halli to figure out what’s real vs. what I was told. It’s a long story. Better to talk to people than communicate via tweet."
"I would like to apologize to Halli for my misunderstanding of his situation. It was based on things I was told that were untrue or, in some cases, true, but not meaningful. He is considering remaining at Twitter," the billionaire added.
Haraldur Thorleifsson has reacted to the apologies by Elon Musk, saying that the billionaire had the right to fire him from the company, but he had to inform him of the decision. His response to Elon Musk's tweet was," You had every right to lay me off. But it would have been nice to let me know!" Obviously, Haraldur Thorleifsson was made at Elon Musk's tweets and now has to decide between leaving Twitter or staying back.