The company SpaceX decided to fire several of its workers who wrote an open letter to criticize the behavior of the CEO and founder of the aerospace corporation, Elon Muskin social networks.
The digital medium The Verge, where the letter was first broadcast, reported that last Thursday the dismissal was detailed by email to the workers. It was sent by the same SpaceX president, Gwynne Shotwell, who called the workers’ letter “overreaching activism.”
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“We have too much critical work to do and we don’t need this kind of far-reaching activism,” quotes The Verge. The email also noted that the open letter unsettled workers because it “pressured them to sign something that did not reflect their views.”
What was it that they criticized? Workers generally questioned CEO Elon Musk’s behavior on social media, specifically Twitter, which is in the process of being taken over. “As our most prominent CEO and spokesperson, Elon is seen as the face of SpaceX: every tweet Elon sends is a de facto public statement from the company. It is critical to make it clear to our teams and our potential pool of talent that his message does not reflect our work, our mission, or our values,” the letter stated.
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They argued that their work is affected by such attitudes from the billionaire, as a “frequent source of distraction and embarrassment for us.” The number of workers who were fired after that letter has not been disclosed.
In this way a new chapter is written in the controversial life of Elon Musk. Already in 2017, another of his technology companies, Tesla, surprised with the dismissal of 700 workers. By early June of this year, he said he was willing to cut about 10% of jobs at the electric car maker. Even with Twitter already announcing possible layoffs.
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