The situation continues to get worse at Twitter as its new boss takes his mark, not without upsetting habits.
It’s now official: former employees of the social network file a complaint against Elon Musk for abusive dismissal. In fact, it is the platform that will have to appear in court, but this action is obviously directed against the new leader of Twitter. Following his statement, the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX has cleaned up to shape the social network as he sees fit. The employees therefore suffered mass dismissals which did not fail to make people talk about them for their lack of ethics. Whether or not one agrees with Elon Musk’s crude methods, these decisions are far from without consequence. Indeed, in the eyes of American law, the situation at Twitter is far from legal and the people sent back intend to assert their rights.
According to Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act applied in California (also called WARNhear “prevent“) companies must give their employees 60 days’ notice in the event that mass layoffs are to take place. Unsurprisingly, this law was not respected by Elon Musk and the approximately 3,700 dismissals are therefore considered fraudulent and may result in financial compensation. It’s a big mess in which the platform finds itself when it is already struggling to make a profit.
Identity theft concerns
The platform bazaar doesn’t stop there. The new benefits of the Twitter Blue subscription plan are stirring. The valuable certification that only influential and official accounts could hope to obtain is now available to everyone for €8 per month. Thus, this tool against fake accounts is simply reduced to nothing. And it didn’t take long for it to be hijacked. Indeed, some comedians and other personalities have jumped at the chance to make fun of Elon Musk, whom many consider to be the new tyrant of Twitter.
While he tweeted “comedy is now legal on Twitter“A few days ago, it wouldn’t be long before Musk had to institute some new rules. Impersonating someone for parody purposes is now subject to strict checks. “Any Twitter name that takes part in impersonation without clearly specifying ‘parody’ will be permanently suspended,” explains the big boss in a series of Tweets clarifying the situation.
It therefore remains to be seen whether this simple rule will be enough to avoid misinformation and fraudulent accounts. However, it’s a safe bet that some will find a way around this simple protection. Nilay Patel, Editor at The Verge summarizes the situation perfectly in a few lines :
“(…) Trying to regulate the way people behave has always been a miserable experience, especially when that authority is vested in a single powerful individual. What I mean is that you are now king of Twitter, and people think that you are personally responsible for everything that is happening on Twitter right now. And it also turns out that absolute monarchs get murdered when the going gets tough.”