No, employees are not fired for email memes

Twitter won’t stop? Since the official arrival of Elon Musk at its head, the social network is in chaos. The new boss even announced last week the wholesale layoff of half of the employees. In the process, some were alerted by e-mail that they would be leaving the company immediately. Others have had their access to their mailbox or computer session withdrawn without explanation.

On TikTok, a man calling himself an employee posted a new video this weekend in which he recounted being fired by Twitter. He presented himself as a social network engineer for five years. Beyond his surprise at being fired, he recounted how the facts unfolded: “I was not dismissed by a call or in a meeting, or by message. No, I was removed from the email and I will show you”.

On the screen, the suspected employee shows the message sent by one Hannah Hotzenberg. Among the very laconic dismissal texts, a meme [une petite image humoriste] with the message: “Time to leave the nest. You’re out of a job”. Understand here “It’s time to leave the nest. You’re out of a job.” But contrary to what he says, he never worked at Twitter. 20 minutes make the point.


“Hi Math. Please see the attached image. Access to your mailbox ends today at 6 pm Dismissal email is cold and no employee wants to receive it. This is accompanied by the meme quoted above of a hilarious Elon Musk asking his employee to “leave the nest”. The email is signed by Hannah Hotzenberg who will be the CPO (French Product Manager).

Only, by searching on Google, no Hannah Hotzenberg seems to work on the social network Twitter. Same observation on LinkedIn, the professional social network. We also try to send e-mail to the address used by the sender. But very quickly, we received the following return: “Your message was not sent to because the address could not be found or could not receive mail.” It’s hard to believe that the person who sent this e-mail actually exists.

A satirical video

But is Matt Shaver a Twitter employee? In reality, the person testifying is a TikTokeur followed by 145,000 subscribers. The American is used to funny videos of all kinds. This isn’t the only thing Matt Shaver has published about Twitter. In another video published earlier this week, Matt Shaver this time discusses the reintegration of several employees who were fired from the company. The comedian posted another email with a new meme: “Don’t fly. Go home to the roof”. It means, “Don’t fly. Go home to take a shower.”

Faced with the breadth of its content, Matt Shaver’s message had to be published on his Twitter account : “Attention. These two videos are satirical, parodies. It’s crazy to me how many people thought they were real, and how many people wanted them to be real so they could have someone to hate (me or Elon Musk). Thanks to the other 25% who sent me advice or offered help.”

However, this mockery highlights the dire plight of the social network’s former employees. At the end of last week, former employees even filed a class action to protest against the non-respect of the 60-day notice period required by American law in the event of mass layoffs (Warn Act).

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