Twitter Engineer Publicly ‘Fired’ After Trying to One-Up His Boss, Elon Musk

The extent to which an employee can successfully go toe-to-toe with the boss varies from workplace to workplace, but based on what happened Sunday and Monday, one might assume it’s not a good approach, Twitter owners Publicly confronting Elon Musk over job security.

It started with Musk apologizing for Twitter being slow in some countries, and then turned into the spectacle of Twitter engineer Eric Frohnhoefer disagreeing with Musk — all of which played out on Twitter over the course of hours .

It ended with a Muskian twist on former President Donald Trump’s signature line from The Apprentice, in which Musk wrote, “He’s fired.”


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For those who have no idea what the technobabble means, The Verge has an explanation.

Musk’s apology “implied that the poor performance was due to the app making over 1,000 ‘poorly stacked’ remote procedure calls to load the home timeline – basically saying the app was making contact with other servers a few times and has to wait for a response to each request,” she wrote.

Frohnhöfer not only disagreed, but explained at length how wrong the boss was, defying those who claimed it wasn’t the wisest course to follow.

Frohnhöfer and Musk then went back and forth — all in public — disagreeing on the nature and extent of the problem. Musk once asked the engineer what he did to fix an issue with Twitter on Android.


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“You probably don’t want this guy on your team,” wrote one user.

Finally, the debate ended with two words from Musk.

Frohnhöfer noted that he has received more job offers since then.

The episode left Twitter users debating the wisdom of Musk’s actions, with some saying, “This genius in action is rarely seen in public,” while others were less enthusiastic.

Musk bought Twitter late last month, and in that time had laid off about half of Twitter’s employees while turning upside down much of Twitter’s internal workings. Twitter Engineer Publicly ‘Fired’ After Trying to One-Up His Boss, Elon Musk

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