Elon Musk appeared to fire a Twitter developer in a tweet on Monday after the employee contradicted him online.

The incident started after Musk tweeted an apology for the speed of the twitter app on Android devices, and then software engineer Eric Frohnhoefer sent off a tweet saying he disagreed with Musk.

Musk was eventually tagged in Frohnhoefer’s tweet by other users, and the new Twitter CEO bluntly wrote ‘He’s fired.’

Twitter has not confirmed whether or not Frohnhoefer was actually sacked, but sources told the Daily Beast his Slack account within Twitter was offline Monday.

Frohnhoefer – who worked for Twitter for eight years, according to his LinkedIn – also tweeted out a photo of a locked laptop screen and wrote ‘Guess it is official now,’ suggesting he may have truly been canned.

The incident comes as Musk has already begun to cut scores of jobs at Twitter after vowing to fire up to seventy-five percent of his staff.

Eric Frohnhoefer appeared to be fired by Elon Musk on Twitter after he sent off a tweet disagreeing with the new CEO

Elon Musk, clad in red Samurai armor, shows up at Heidi Klum's 21st annual Halloween Party at the Moxy Hotel on October 31

Elon Musk, clad in red Samurai armor, shows up at Heidi Klum’s 21st annual Halloween Party at the Moxy Hotel on October 31

On Sunday afternoon Musk sent off a seemingly innocuous tweet about the Twitter app’s speed in different countries.

‘Btw, I’d like to apologize for Twitter being super slow in many countries. App is doing >1000 poorly batched RPCs just to render a home timeline!’ he wrote.

Frohnhoefer, who worked on Twitter’s Android team, seemed to take umbrage with Musk’s comment.

‘I have spent ~6yrs working on Twitter for Android and can say this is wrong.’ he tweeted.

Musk responded by insisting Twitter was slow on Android and asking Frohnhoefer what he did to fix it during his time with the social media company.

‘Twitter is super slow on Android. What have you done to fix that?’ he wrote.

Frohnhoefer replied with a laundry list of things he’s done at work, along with his assessment of what might be causing the slowdowns.

Some Twitter users chimed in and admonished Frohnhoefer for disagreeing with his boss in such a public forum.

‘I have been a developer for 20 years. And I can tell you that as the domain expert here you should inform your boss privately,’ one  user wrote. ‘Trying to one up him in public while he is trying to learn and be helpful makes you look like a spiteful self serving dev.’

Frohnhoefer responded by suggesting that Musk do the same thing. 

‘Maybe he should ask questions privately. Maybe using Slack or email,’ he wrote.

On Monday, a third user tagged Musk in the tweet chain and wrote ‘with this kind of attitude, you probably don’t want this guy on your team.’

Musk responded within the hour, announcing ‘he’s fired.’

Frohnhoefer replied to Musk with a saluting emoji.

Frohnhoefer - who worked for Twitter for eight years, according to his LinkedIn - also tweeted out a photo of a locked laptop screen and wrote 'Guess it is official now,' suggesting he may have truly been canned

Frohnhoefer – who worked for Twitter for eight years, according to his LinkedIn – also tweeted out a photo of a locked laptop screen and wrote ‘Guess it is official now,’ suggesting he may have truly been canned

Twitter has not confirmed whether or not Frohnhoefer was actually sacked, but sources told the Daily Beast his Slack account within Twitter was offline Monday

Twitter has not confirmed whether or not Frohnhoefer was actually sacked, but sources told the Daily Beast his Slack account within Twitter was offline Monday

Musk has been subjected to an avalanche of criticism since completing the $44 billion takeover of the Social media platform.

He fired much of its full-time workforce by email soon after the deal was completed, and then got rid of thousands of contractors, hollowing out teams that battle misinformation.

Shortly after the layoffs, he turned back around and asked dozens of employees to come back. 

He also rolled out an $8 subscription service for the platform’s blue checkmarks, but had to suspend it after a slew of imposters appeared – including some posing as him or his products.

Musk has been subjected to an avalanche of criticism since completing the $44 billion takeover of the Social media platform

Musk has been subjected to an avalanche of criticism since completing the $44 billion takeover of the Social media platform

Musk appeared at the B20 summit in Brazil on Monday and seemed to both lament and shrug off the controversy that has followed his takeover.

Musk appeared at the B20 summit in Brazil on Monday and seemed to both lament and shrug off the controversy that has followed his takeover.

On Monday, he addressed delegates to the B20 summit in Brazil, which aimed to bring together business leaders and world leaders ahead of the Group of 20 meeting the begins on the tropical island island on Tuesday.    

Musk appeared at the summit via video broadcast. Asked how it felt to have become a media mogul, he seemed to both lament and shrug off the controversy that has followed his takeover.

‘It’s a little uncomfortable,’ he admitted. ‘Twitter is sort of media but it’s not exactly media. It is a medium as opposed to media.

‘But I mean, there’s no way to make everyone happy, that’s for sure.’



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