Elon Musk apologizes after mocking disabled ex-Twitter employee on the platform
Twitter CEO Elon Musk has apologized to Haraldur Thorleifsson (a former employee) who was also locked out of his account with 200 other people.
Halli, 45 years old, reached out to Musk via Twitter and informed him that the head of HR couldn’t confirm whether he was still working. Musk replied casually, “What work have you been doing?”
This sparked a thread of conversation between the two where Halli had to share things he had done for the company. Musk, who did not seem impressed, told the former employee that he must provide evidence. “Pics or it did not happen,” the CEO tweeted.
Halli was unable to do this because his account was blocked.
The 45-year-old received an email shortly after that confirming his resignation from the company.
The conversation did not end there. Musk called Halli “the worst” and ended the conversation with a tweet that he later deleted.
But that was not it. He had a lot more to say. “The reality is that this guy (who is independently wealthy) did no actual work, claimed as his excuse that he had a disability that prevented him from typing, yet was simultaneously tweeting up a storm,” Musk said in a tweet.
A few hours later, he apologized to the former employee and offered him his job back.
“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 tweeted.
“He is considering remaining at Twitter,” he added.