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SpaceX employees fired for openly criticizing CEO Elon Musk

Accustomed to controversy on Twitter with regular virulent, sometimes cryptic, sometimes insulting messages, the boss of SpaceX and Tesla, Elon Musk, annoys, including his employees. But you don’t openly criticize your boss. Several SpaceX employees paid the costs and were simply fired. According to the website The Verge, a small group of employees of the space research company were preparing an open letter in which these employees criticized Elon Musk’s behavior in public space, 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 spokesperson, Elon is seen as the face of SpaceX – every tweet he sends is seen as a de facto public statement coming from the company, especially in recent weeks. โ€œ, said this letter, which was to be given to the President of SpaceX.

In particular, the rebellious employees urged the company to ” public condemnation ยป the manner of tweeting by the sulphurous and extremely wealthy boss of Tesla and SpaceX.

“Excessive Activism”

But we don’t openly criticize Elon Musk like this. Especially since the authors of this letter had sent this letter to all their colleagues asking for their possible signature and their participation in a study. Some felt uncomfortable and scared and/or angry because the letter asked them to sign something that did not reflect their opinion or because the letter interfered with their ability to concentrate on their work “, according to an email from Gwynne Shotwell, director of operations at the space exploration company, sent late Thursday to all employees. gold,” we have too much essential work to do and do not need this kind of excessive activism “. After conducting an investigation, the company has therefore ” dismissed a number of employees 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 boss of Tesla and SpaceX, who met Twitter employees for the first time, did not reassure them: neither about the economic model he intends to introduce for the social network to make him earn more 700 million. additional users, nor on his political ulterior motives.

While the multi-billionaire businessman was around two weeks ago, to cancel its takeover of Twitter, the head of Tesla and SpaceX spoke for the first time with employees of the social network, Thursday, June 16. Without, however, succeeding in reassuring them of his intentions, when he announced in April that they wanted to buy the social network.

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Alleged Libertarian

The character is sulphurous. An avowed libertarian โ€” even an anarchist to some observers โ€” the entrepreneur is an ardent militant of total freedom of expression, that is, subject to as little moderation as possible. Elon Musk’s perception of freedom of expression is therefore close to the libertarians of Silicon Valley – like Jack Dorsey, founder of Twitter, who left at the end of 2021 – and above all in the United States to Donald Trump and the Republican Party’s most 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, criticizing “leftwhich he regularly qualifies as extremist and dangerous, thus occupying the Republicans’ arguments most to the right of the American political spectrum. As recently as Wednesday, he tweeted his support for Florida’s ultraconservative Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis for the 2024 presidential election. His lack of neutrality naturally raises questions about his intentions regarding Twitter’s future role in the debate. the public, especially a few months before. the US midterm elections.

(With AFP)