Tesla CEO and Twitter’s former boss, Elon Musk, recently apologized to Haraldur Thorleifsson, a former Twitter employee who was locked out of his account, along with 200 others. The apology came after Halli reached out to Musk on Twitter, telling him that the head of HR was unable to confirm if he was still employed. In response, Musk asked what work he had been doing for the company.
The conversation between the two continued, with Halli sharing what he had done for the company. However, Musk was not convinced and demanded evidence, saying,
Pics or it did not happen.”
Unfortunately, Halli was unable to provide any evidence as his account had been blocked. Shortly after, he received an email confirming that he had been sacked from the company.
Musk then called Halli “the worst,” a tweet that he later deleted. He also accused him of not doing any work and claimed that he had a disability that prevented him from typing, yet was simultaneously tweeting up a storm.
However, a few hours later, Musk issued an apology to Halli 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.
The incident highlights the impact of social media in the workplace and how public conversations can lead to real-life consequences. It also shows how misunderstandings and misinformation can have serious implications, even for high-profile individuals like Elon Musk.