A company insider has revealed that after Elon Musk’s all-hands meeting with Twitter employees on Thursday, “woke” employees are now suffering from “Musk derangement syndrome.”
According to an insider who is an engineer from the social media company, Tesla’s CEO failed to convince some activists who were fiercely opposed to the billionaire’s $44 billion takeovers.
The Twitter engineer, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Musk’s remarks on topics ranging from possible layoffs to remote work to aliens had renewed suspicion among some colleagues who fear the social media firm’s rhetoric.
What would Musk’s presence mean for him?
“It looked like some of my coworkers were experiencing ‘Musk-Derangement Syndrome’ again. I think it’s the direct opposite of “Musk-Fanboy Syndrome,” the unnamed Twitter engineer explained to Business Insider.
“For me, the meeting motivated me and took me back to my north star of doing something well while I’m at Twitter.”
The engineer added that he’s “not worried about” Musk’s “online presence reflecting poorly on Twitter as a company” or impacting the company’s share price.
“If he took Twitter public again after making it private, it would maybe be an issue,” he reasoned.
“But so far, I think it’s only benefited him.”
The unnamed engineer also said some colleagues were not happy with Musk’s remarks.
“People are flipping about those comments. And this is understandable. Not many people live in San Francisco or near any other Twitter offices. There needs to be a bigger conversation about what we are going to do about people who have joined the company as remote workers.”
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Musk on Thursday told Twitter employees that remote work will only be accepted in cases where those remote employees are “exceptional.”
“If someone can only work remotely and they’re exceptional, it wouldn’t make sense to fire them,” he qualified.
He also announced that he decided to purchase Twitter because he loves the platform and learns a lot from it, adding that the platform is a “great way to get a message out.”
“Some people use their hair to express themselves, I use Twitter,” he added.
He also indicated that layoffs may take place at the tech company, as “right now, costs exceed revenue.”
“That’s not a great situation,” he said. “The company does need to get healthy.”
A source told CNBC That most reactions to Musk’s presence on Twitter’s internal Slack messaging board were negative — with activists also concerned about content moderation and less emphasis on inclusivity on the platform.