Elon Musk is still in the firing mode at Twitter amid the Thanksgiving festivities, as several coders who were brought back after a massive layoff as part of a “knowledge transition”, are being shown the door again in the name of “code review”.
Ikuhiro Ihara, a highly-respected Twitter coder who made the transition from 140-character to 280-character happen, has been fired unceremoniously.
“One of the people fired Musk’s latest purge was Ikuhiro Ihara, a highly-respected senior software engineer who helped lead the push to expand tweets to 280 characters,” tweeted Casey Newton of Platformer.
“Ihara fought relentlessly for 280 in the face of strong skepticism from top executives. He co-authored the blog post explaining the value of 280 characters when it launched,” Newton said.
One of the people fired Musk’s latest purge was Ikuhiro Ihara, a highly respected senior software engineer who helped lead the push to expand tweets to 280 characters. https://t.co/6NYEV2Pl4b
— Casey Newton (@CaseyNewton) November 24, 2022
Tech writer Gergely Orosz said that the night before Thanksgiving, Twitter fired more software engineers effective immediately because their “code is not satisfactory” following the recent code review.
“Dozens of other developers for performance warnings in their inboxes,” Orosz tweeted.
“The stories get wilder. I cannot emphasize how these are real people in tech. And yet, Musk and the management at Twitter treat them like cattle. Why fire someone, call them back telling them they are ‘critical’ then fire them again a few weeks later?” he posted.
Just in: the night before Thanksgiving, Twitter fired more software engineers effective immediately because their "code is not satisfactory" following the recent code review.
Dozens of other devs got performance warnings in their inboxes.
How much do Twitter devs have to take?
— Gergely Orosz (@GergelyOrosz) November 24, 2022
A Twitter employee said that he was laid off from Twitter in early November and was told “I will receive 3 months of pay as severance.”
“I was called back shortly after that because they think I am ‘critical talent’ and was asked to do documentation and provide ‘code samples’. Last night, I was abruptly fired without any reason and was offered 4 weeks’ severance for signing a release of the claims agreement. For any employment lawyers, please DM me if you can help. I am on H1B and only have 60 days to find a new job during the holidays,” the employee posted on Twitter.
Unfortunately, not everyone is having a great Thanksgiving break pic.twitter.com/cqmsXMQqQK
— Peter Yang (@petergyang) November 25, 2022
After sacking about 50 per cent of its workforce, Musk also fired employees who criticized his actions either on Twitter or on the internal messaging platform Slack and some were sacked just for retweeting posts slamming the new Twitter CEO.