If you were an employee at Twitter right now and wanted to keep your job, do you think you would go toe to toe with Elon Musk publicly on social media? That is exactly what one of the executives from California did recently.
This guy is most certainly a part of the California culture that seems to be in a bubble when compared to the rest of the country. They are a coastal elite lost in self-interest and virtue signaling.
Eric Frohnheofer is the Twitter employee that just doesn’t get how the real world operates. He found himself fired after he went after Tesla/Twitter CEO Elon Musk.
The story that ended with him losing his job began when Musk apologized for Twitter’s slowness in several countries. Frohnheofer decided to quote-tweet Musk and actually called him a liar on the social media platform.
“I have spent ~6yrs working on Twitter for Android and can say this is wrong,” said Frohnhoefer.
Musk quickly respond by asking the Twitter employee to give him the correct number of RPC’s and then the new CEO followed up with a tweet asking him right out in the open what Frohnhoefer has done to fix the actual problem.
Frohnhoefer tried to spell the problem out, but Musk decided and then responded to a user saying that the attitude Frohnhoefer displayed wasn’t one Musk would want at his new company.
“He’s fired,” tweeted the CEO.
After Musk’s disciplinary tweet, two sides formed on the issue very quickly. Some believed that Musk fired the employee for knowing more than he did and for his hutzpah in going toe to toe with his CEO.
And the other side seemed to understand Musk’s actions were provoked by an employee’s willingness to defy the boss in a public forum. If he was allowed to do this, he would have become a leader of corporate defiance. The company should not have to deal with such turbulence.
There is no doubt that Frohnhoefer should have kept his thoughts to a private talk between himself and the new CEO. Musk would have likely listened and a solution could have been reached and Frohnhoefer’s stock would have risen in the company.
Some have said that it was his Silicon Valley entitlement mentality that cause Frohnhoefer to lash out in such a public way. That left Must no real choice by to fire him, even if what he said was insightful. At such a vulnerable time for Twitter, there was no other option and the axe had to fall.
In the old, very top-heavy company, he might have gotten away with such shenanigans, but Musk is not the soft, California CEO that treats their business like a daycare for senior citizens. The employees will no longer be a negative force on the social media platform and their “entitled” demands will not be coddled anymore.
You won’t see Twitter employees taking months off for their “mental health” issues while still being paid their full salary. They will have to find other Silicon Valley businesses for that.
That kind of employee just can’t be supported in a business that is run like a business. More employees like this will likely be fired at Twitter in the coming days as reality hits them regarding the real work that is ahead.
What did Frohnhoefer say about all this?
When reached by Forbes for comment, Frohnhoefer said he had received zero communication from Twitter about his firing before his computer was locked. “Nope, nothing,” he said. “They’re all a bunch of cowards.”
How’s that for reality?