SpaceX staff fired for overtly criticizing boss Elon Musk

Accustomed to controversy on Twitter with regular virulent, sometimes enigmatic, sometimes offensive messages, the head of SpaceX and Tesla, Elon Musk, is annoying, including his employees. But don’t openly criticize your boss. Several SpaceX employees paid the costs and were simply fired. According to The Verge, a small group of employees at the space research company was preparing an open letter in which these employees criticized Elon Musk’s behavior in the public sphere, as well as recent accusations of sexual harassment against him, such as ” a frequent source of distraction and shame for us “.

As the boss and most prominent spokesman, Elon is considered the face of SpaceX – every tweet he sends is considered a de facto public statement by the company, especially in recent weeks. “, It is written in this letter, which was supposed to be handed over to the president SpaceX.

The rebellious employees specifically called on the company to ” publicly condemn »A way of tweeting the sulfur and extremely rich boss of Tesla and SpaceX.

“Excessive activism”

But we do not openly criticize Elon Musk in this way. Especially since the authors of this letter sent this letter to all their colleagues asking for their eventual signature and participation in the survey. Some felt it embarrassed and intimidated and / or angry because the letter encouraged them to sign something that did not reflect their opinion or because of the letter interfered with their ability to concentrate on their work “, According to an e-mail from Gwynne Shotwell, director of operations for the space research company, sent to her staff at the end of the day on Thursday. gold, ” we have too much essential work and we do not need this kind of excessive activism “After conducting an investigation, the company is therefore.” fired a number of workers involved “Says the manager, without specifying how much.

The richest man in the world doesn’t just annoy employees SpaceX, his space exploration company. On Thursday, the billionaire, head of Tesla and SpaceX, who first met with Twitter employees, did not reassure them: neither about the economic model he intends to post on social media to earn more than 700 million additional users, nor from his hidden political motive.

While the multibillionaire businessman was nearby two weeks ago, to cancel the download of Twitterfirst addressed the head of Tesla and SpaceX employees on the social network, on Thursday, 16. However, failing to convince them of his intentions, when he announced in April that she wanted to buy the social network.

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He was declared a libertarian

The character is sulphurous. The alleged libertarian – even an anarchist for some observers – is an enterprising fighter for complete freedom of expression, which means that he is subject to moderation as little as possible. Elon Musk’s concept of freedom of expression is therefore close to Silicon Valley libertarians – like Jack Dorsey, the founder of Twitter, who left in late 2021 – and above all, in the United States, Donald Trump and Republicans the biggest right-wing aide. It is therefore far from being politically neutral or moderate, contrary to Elon Musk’s claims.

In tweets, old and recent, the billionaire does not hide his closeness to the Republican Party and criticizes “leftwhich he regularly qualifies as extremist and dangerous, thus taking over the arguments of Republicans on the far right of the American political spectrum. He recently tweeted Wednesday his support for ultraconservative Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis for the 2024 presidential election. His lack of neutrality apparently raises questions about his intentions regarding Twitter’s future role in the debate. public, especially a few months before the US midterm elections.

(with AFP)