Elon Musk announces amnesty just before thanksgiving and also fires engineers at Twitter.
Elon Musk Announces Amnesty Just before Thanksgiving
After tweeting about a non-scientific poll a day earlier, Musk on Thursday announced the results. Over 72% of 3.16 million respondents voted “yes” to the question, which is: “Should Twitter offer a general amnesty to suspended accounts, provided that they have not broken the law or engaged in egregious spam?”
“The people have spoken. Amnesty begins next week. Vox Populi, Vox Dei,” Musk tweeted on Thursday, referencing a Latin phrase that translates directly as “voice of the people, voice of God.”
Musk May Be In the Running for This Year’s Ebenezer Scrooge Award
Musk separately may be in the running for this year’s Ebenezer Scrooge award after reportedly firing roughly 50 engineers just before Thanksgiving, as per reports by tech newsletter Platformer. The newsletter was corroborating by a report from The Verge that some Twitter engineers received emails on Wednesday saying that they had been fired due to the reason that their “code is not satisfactory.”
Engineers at Twitter earlier had been told to send code samples to Musk. His “hardcore” approach and ethics to work is famously known within Silicon Valley, additionally at his other companies where he has demanded a “minimum” of 40-hour workweeks from staff.
Twitter Disbanded Its Office in Brussels, Belgium
The Financial Times meanwhile has reported that Twitter disbanded its office in Brussels, Belgium, after leaders there left the company. The FT also said that two of the executives had led Twitter’s efforts to comply with the EU’s Digital Services Act, which sets rules around content moderation, among many other things. Others reportedly managed the relationship of the company with European regulators.
Twitter however did not respond immediately to requests for comment on the matter.