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SpaceX fires some people behind letter criticizing Elon Musk


SpaceX has fired some of the employees involved in writing and distributing a letter within the company criticizing the behavior of founder and CEO Elon Musk, according to media reports.

The letter was published on an internal site SpaceX Microsoft Teams channel that reaches more than 2,600 employees, The Verge reported yesterday (opens in a new tab) (June 16). He denounces Musk’s behavior on Twitter and in other public forums as “a frequent source of distraction and embarrassment for us, especially in recent weeks.”

The letter got a lot of attention, including, apparently, inside SpaceX’s executive offices: Yesterday afternoon, the company had already fired some of the people responsible for writing and sending it, The New York Times reported today (opens in a new tab) (June 17).

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The Times cited conversations with three SpaceX employees who wished to remain anonymous and an email to the staff of the company’s president and chief operating officer, Gwynne Shotwell, which the newspaper obtained. In that email, Shotwell wrote that SpaceX had “terminated a number of employees involved” with the letter, according to the Times.

“The letter, the solicitations and the general process made employees feel uncomfortable, intimidated and intimidated and/or angry because the letter caused them to sign something that did not reflect their point of view,” said added Shotwell, according to the Times. “We have too much critical work to do and we don’t need this kind of excessive activism.”

The Times said it was unclear how many employees were fired for their involvement in the letter. Reuters reported today (opens in a new tab) that at least five people have been fired, citing “two people familiar with the matter”. SpaceX has not yet responded to requests for comment on the letter and the reported layoffs, the two outlets said.

Musk is very active on Twitter, which he is currently buy for 44 billion dollars. The richest man in the world, he posts frequently on the site, sometimes using it to make rude jokes (opens in a new tab)Express controversial views on public health (opens in a new tab) and insult people with whom he argues (opens in a new tab).

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