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No, Twitter employees don’t get fired for memes

So Twitter will never stop? Since the official arrival of Elon Musk, turmoil has reigned at the head of the social network. The new boss even announced last week a mass layoff of half of the staff. However, some of them were warned by e-mail that they would immediately leave the company. Still others are denied access to their mailboxes or computer sessions without explanation.

This weekend on TikTok, a man calling himself an employee posted a new video in which he, in turn, talks about how he got fired from Twitter. He presents himself as a social media engineer for five years. In addition to his surprise at being fired, he recounts how events unfolded: “I was not fired on a call, during a meeting, or on a message. No, I got fired by email and I’ll show you.”

On the screen, the alleged employee displays a message sent by a certain Hannah Hotzenberg. In the midst of very concise texts dismissal meme [une petite image humoriste] with the message: “It’s time to leave the nest. You’re fired. Understand here, “It’s time to leave the nest. You’re fired.” But contrary to what he claims, he didn’t work for Twitter. 20 minutes sums up.

FAKE

“Hey math. Please look at the attached image. Access to your mailbox will end today at 18:00. The termination email is cold and no employee wants to receive it. It is accompanied by the above-quoted meme of a cheerful Elon Musk, who asks his employee to “leave the nest.” The email is signed by Hanna Hotzenberg, who will be the CPO (French Product Manager).

From a Google search alone, no Hannah Hotzenberg seems to work with the social network Twitter. The same observation on LinkedIn, a professional social network. We are also trying to send an email to the address used by the issuer. But very quickly we get the following response: “Your message was not sent to hannah@twitter.com because the address was not found or the mail could not be received.” It is hard to believe that the person who sent this letter really exists.

satirical video

But is Matt Shaver even a Twitter employee? In fact, the person who is testifying is TikTokeur, who has 145,000 followers. The American is used to humorous videos of all kinds. This is not Matt Shaver’s only post on Twitter. In another video posted earlier this week, Matt Shaver is this time reintegrating some of the employees laid off from the company. The comedian posted another letter with a new meme: “Don’t fly away. Go home to the roof.” Which means: “Don’t fly away. Go home for the night.”

Given the scope of its content, Matt Shaver even had to post a message on his Twitter account: “Warning. These two videos were satirical, parodic. It’s crazy to me how many people thought they were real, and how many more people want them to be real so that they have someone to hate (me or Elon Musk). Thanks to the remaining 25% who sent me advice or offered to help.”

However, this satire highlights the sorry state of the former employees of the social network. At the end of last week, former employees even filed a class action lawsuit to protest against the failure to comply with the 60-day notice period required by US law in case of mass layoffs (Warn Act).

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