'What about other laid-off workers?' AOC trolled for 'shout out to all' Twitter staff
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA: Following an ultimatum from Twitter boss Elon Musk that staffers should either sign up for "long hours at high intensity" or leave, hundreds of employees have chosen to resign. This comes just weeks after Musk laid off 3,700 employees justifying his decision that he had "no choice" because the firm was losing $4 million per day, as previously reported. And this now has left Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) and Musk on war of tweets, with people trolling the US Rep for her latest take.
Musk told employees on Wednesday, November 16, that his goal is to build “Twitter 2.0” and that employees who choose to stay will be required to commit to working long hours. He wrote, as quoted by Daily Mail, "Going forward, to build a breakthrough Twitter 2.0 and succeed in an increasingly competitive world, we will need to be extremely hardcore. This will mean working long hours at high intensity. Only exceptional performance will constitute a passing grade. If you are sure that you want to be part of the new Twitter, please click yes on the link below. Anyone who has not done so by 5pm ET tomorrow (Thursday, November 17) will receive three months of severance."
However, following the large number of exit, Musk softened the WFH policy which he earlier mentioned "is no longer allowed" and said on November 17, "All that is required for approval is that your manager takes responsibility for ensuring that you are making an excellent contribution," reports Fortune. After which, US Rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was quick to post on Twitter that read, "Shout out to all the workers at Twitter. You all built a vital place for connection and deserved so much better. Millions of people appreciate the space you built and the hard work that went into it. Thank you." But this didn't go well with many. One wrote, "Thankyou for confirming you're coordinating the employee protest as a govt official. You couldn't resist could you." Another said, "This is what a tweet trying to get elons attention looks like just message him privately he won’t bite…his pretty cool!"
Shout out to all the workers at Twitter. You all built a vital place for connection and deserved so much better.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) November 18, 2022
Millions of people appreciate the space you built and the hard work that went into it. Thank you 💙
Thankyou for confirming you're coordinating the employee protest as a govt official. You couldn't resist could you.— The Tinfôil Tricõrn 🇺🇸 (@TinfoilTricorn) November 18, 2022
This is what a tweet trying to get elons attention looks like 😅 just message him privately he won’t bite…his pretty cool!— Alpha Doge (@alphadoge777) November 18, 2022
The bashing continued with one saying, "Always on the wrong side of… well everything. I admire the consistency." While one more commented, "You never said this when I was out of a job during lockdowns." One more said, "What about the workers at the other tech companies where they are cutting back?? Companies are cutting back across board." On the other hand, a user pointed out, "Built is past tense. Entrepreneurs are always building."
Always on the wrong side of… well everything. I admire the consistency— Kris P Bacon (@KrisPBacon927) November 18, 2022
You never said this when I was out of a job during lockdowns.— 𝕂𝕣𝕚𝕤𝕥𝕚𝕟𝕊𝕡𝕖𝕔𝕚𝕒𝕝𝕂🇦🇽 (@CallMeK1123) November 18, 2022
What about the workers at the other tech companies where they are cutting back?? Companies are cutting back across board— Phillip Riess (@Riessy83) November 18, 2022
Built is past tense. Entrepreneurs are always building— Dan Mosher 🇺🇸 (@mosherd) November 18, 2022
The ongoing spat between Musk and AOC
Prior to this, AOC also took a dig at Musk's advocacy of ‘free speech’ with the charges levied for a verified account on Twitter. In her tweet, she wrote, "Lmao at a billionaire earnestly trying to sell people on the idea that 'free speech' is actually an USD 8/mo subscription plan." To this Musk had replied, “Feedback appreciated, Now pay $8". AOC then took a screengrab of her profile notifications and wrote, "Yo @elonmusk while I have your attention, why should people pay $8 just for their app to get bricked when they say something you don’t like? This is what my app has looked like ever since my tweet upset you yesterday. What’s good? Doesn’t seem very free speechy to me." To which one asked, "Elon. Please—for the love of decency—get off Twitter, hand the keys over to someone who does this as an actual job, and get on with running Tesla and SpaceX. You are destroying your credibility. It’s just not a good look." Elon responded by saying, "Hot take: not everything AOC says is 100 percent accurate."
Lmao at a billionaire earnestly trying to sell people on the idea that “free speech” is actually a $8/mo subscription plan— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) November 2, 2022
Hot take: not everything AOC says is 💯 accurate— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 5, 2022
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