Elon Musk may have fired thousands of people from Twitter, but he still needs a certain number of employees to keep running the social network. In a real exampleA desperate situation calls for desperate measures,” the billionaire apparently turned to hiring new people after many Twitter employees chose to leave or were fired. This time around, the choice of new employee is interesting, as this cybersecurity expert is someone Musk is not exactly a fan of.
First of all, let’s note that after Elon Musk bought the company for an astronomical amount of 44 billion dollars, the situation of Twitter was quite sad. All of Twitter’s departments, including the PR department, have been shut down, which means that Twitter currently doesn’t even have a social media representative other than the CEO himself. Musk often takes to his Twitter page to report on new developments or laugh off the criticism he has faced with Twitter since the acquisition deal closed in late October 2022.
After cutting entire departments and laying off several thousand people without warning, Musk made the announcement Twitter 2.0 will require the rest of the staff to be “tougher”.. He gave his employees an ultimatum: either promise to work long hours and sacrifice work-life balance, or resign with three months’ severance pay. According to information, 1200 people accepted this sign and then left the company. So Twitter has only 2,300 employees compared to its previous 7,500 employees.Business Insider reported on this.
And the employees try to cope with the work. Whether or not that was Musk’s intention all along, it seems the billionaire is willing to make a few exceptions and put the past behind him to improve Twitter’s chances of success. Despite the chaos on the networks, there are still people who want to work on Twitter, and one of them is George Hotz, who started his new job on the platform.
Hotz and Musk have some history, so much so that many consider them enemies. George Hotz is a security expert and hacker. Some of his career highlights include jailbreaking iOS and hacking into the PlayStation 3, but his rise to fame began in 2015, when he reportedly turned down a multi-million dollar prize and job offer. The Verge reports Musk’s work as given. One might wonder why such a lucrative deal would become a controversy, but it does.
First of all, the job offer never materialized. Many sources claim that Hotz’s Musk’s “conditions kept changingand therefore turned down a job offer at Tesla. At the time, the 26-year-old hacker and developer claimed his driver assistance systems could outperform Tesla’s struggling Autopilot system. Musk and Tesla disagreed with the claim, so much so that Tesla amended the Bloomberg article to say he didn’t write it himself. In the correction, Tesla said:We believe that it is highly unlikely that a single person or even a small company without extensive engineering verification capabilities will be able to produce an autonomous driving system that can be deployed in production vehicles.“.
Fix the search function
After turning down Musk’s offer to join Tesla, Hotz founded his own company, Comma.ai. 7 years later, the startup can be considered a success: it offers a development kit for driver assistance systems worth $1,999 and, unlike Tesla’s systems, fits many cars. After getting the startup off the ground, Hotz recently announced on GitHub that he would be “taking some time” for Comma.ai. Therefore, the hacker has some free time, and despite his previous differences, It looks like Hotz is backing Musk’s idea for Twitter 2.0.
After someone posted Musk’s email to Twitter employees saying they had to either be ‘extremely tough’ or leave the company, Hotz confirmed on Twitter:It is the relationship that makes it possible to build incredible things. Leave all those who do not want greatness“. He then continued with these words:I am willing to do a 12 week internship at Twitter to live in SF“. Although the mask did not speak directly, the billionaire invited him for a conversation, and what these conversations resulted in. Hotz is joining the Twitter team for the next 12 weeks.
Hotz announced this on Twitter his job would be to fix the search function – admittedly less brilliant – during the contract period. Given that he likes Musk’s proposed working conditions, which include 12-hour days and weekend work, he may be able to solve the problem.