Haraldur Thorleifsson is an Icelandic designer. He is widely followed on social media not only for his work, but also for his activism on accessibility issues. First Thorleifsson was fired from Twitter, then Musk questioned his disability.
Surrealist. That’s how his protagonist defined him, that’s how his commentators defined him, and that’s how Twitter users, who in recent days have witnessed an audience exchange between Elon Musk and Haraldur Thorleifsson, have defined him. The Icelandic-born designer and founder of design agency Ueno Thorleifsson is a Twitter employee who has found himself in limbo in recent weeks as his access to the company’s systems was blocked, but the company could not confirm whether he had indeed been fired.
On March 6, he tried to unblock the situation with a tweet: “Dear Elon Musk, access to my work computer was disabled nine days ago along with 200 other Twitter employees.” From there began a long exchange with a man who had recently become the richest in the world again. Musk first asked about his work, and then about the reasons why he went public with this situation. So far, everything is surreal, but it is not particularly different from what we have seen in recent years.
Disability of Haraldur Thorleifsson
Haraldur Thorleifsson, also known as Halli, is not exactly an outsider. Hailing from Iceland, Halli is widely known on social media for her work as a designer, as well as her activism on accessibility issues. According to Time magazine, when he sold his company to Twitter, he asked for the amount in wages rather than a lump sum in order to pay more taxes to Iceland and be able to contribute more to the country’s health. services.
Hallie suffers from muscular dystrophy and uses a wheelchair and explains that the decision to sell Ueno is also due to her condition. Halley’s muscular dystrophy is a degenerative disease and for this reason it will be increasingly difficult for him to keep working. With the sale of Twitter, he was able to secure a stronger future for his family.
Elon Musk Jokes
In one of Halley’s many responses, Elon Musk questioned his disability: “The truth is that this man didn’t really work, he said as an excuse that he had a disability that prevented him from working, but at the same time he continues post tweets. I can’t say that I respect this behavior very much. »
And again always Musk: “The reason he stood up to me in public was because he wanted to get big money. As far as I know, he has not worked for the last four months. However, there are people on Twitter who defend it. It undermines my faith in humanity. »
However, on March 8, it seems that the clash between Elon Musk and Halley seems to have subsided. Indeed, Elon Musk posted an apology, a behavior almost unprecedented for him: “I would like to apologize to Halley for misunderstanding your situation. I relied on things that were told to me that weren’t true or, in some cases, were true but didn’t make sense. Right now, he’s thinking about staying on Twitter. »
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