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Several Twitter employees slammed Elon Musk on social media after he criticized the app.
Musk said he fired one of the engineers who pushed back on his criticism.
One employee said he worries the app will experience outages as a result of Musk’s plans.
Twitter employees are taking to social media to criticize Elon Musk after the CEO apologized for the app “being super slow in many countries.”
In his tweet, Musk appeared to suggest that the app was poorly written — a comment that several current Twitter engineers were quick to address.
“I have spent ~6yrs working on Twitter for Android and can say this is wrong,” Eric Frohnhoefer, a software engineer at the company, said on Twitter. The tweet was later deleted.
Eric Frohnhoefer deleted a tweet criticizing Elon Musk
After the engineer appeared to question Musk’s technical competence, Musk called the engineer out on Twitter.
“Twitter is super slow on Android,” Musk responded. “What have you done to fix that?”
Frohnhoefer said Twitter has done a “bunch of work” to improve the app’s performance on Android phones. He added that there is “plenty of room for improvements,” but disputed Musk’s diagnosis of the issue.
Musk later responded that Frohnhoefer had been “fired,” but The Daily Beast reported the engineer appeared to have kept his job, as Frohnhoefer was still active on the company’s Slack hours later, a source told the publication.
Frohnhoefer did not respond to a request for comment from Insider ahead of publication, but wasn’t the only Twitter employee to take issue with Musk’s criticism.
“You did not just layoff almost all of infra [Twitter’s infrastructure team] and then make some sassy remark about how we do batching like did you bother to even learn how GraphQL works,” Sasha Solomon, a software engineer, wrote on Twitter. “You don’t get to shit on our infra if you don’t know what the fuck it does while you’re also scrambling to rehire folks you laid off.”
Solomon currently works on Twitter’s Core API Platform team, according to her LinkedIn profile.
Last week, Musk laid off about 50% of Twitter’s workforce. Since, the billionaire has attempted to bring some of the staffers back, Insider’s Kali Hays reported.
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Source:: Business Insider