No, employees are not fired for email memes

So Twitter will never stop? Ever since Elon Musk’s official announcement, the social network has been in turmoil. The new boss even announced mass layoffs of half the staff last week. In the process, some were warned by email that they would be leaving the company immediately. Others have lost access to their mailboxes or computer sessions without explanation.

A self-proclaimed TikTok employee released a new video this weekend in which he, in turn, said he was fired by Twitter. He introduces himself as a social network engineer for five years. In addition to being surprised that he was fired, he talks about how the facts came out: “I was fired neither by call, nor during a meeting, nor by text. No, I was fired by email and I’ll show you.”

On the screen, the alleged employee shows a message sent by a certain Hannah Hotzenberg. A meme in the midst of very laconic dismissal texts [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 are fired.” But contrary to what he claimed, he did not work on Twitter. 20 minutes make the point.


“Hello Math. Please see the attached image. Access to your mailbox will end today at 18:00. A termination email is cold and no employee wants to receive it. This is accompanied by the hilarious Elon Musk meme quoted above asking an employee to “get out of the nest.” The email is signed by Hannah Hotzenberg, who will be the CPO (HR director in French).

Only, by searching on Google, no Hannah Hotzenberg works with the Twitter social network. The same observation on LinkedIn, a professional social network. We also try to send email to the address used by the issuer. But very quickly we get this response: “Your message was not sent to because the address was not found or did not accept mail.” It is hard to believe that the person who sent this email actually exists.

Satirical video

But is Matt Shaver at least an employee at Twitter? In fact, the person who testified is a TikTokeur with a following of 145,000 subscribers. The American is used to all kinds of humorous videos. This is not the only information that Matt Shaver has published about Twitter. In another video released earlier this week, Matt Shaver talks about the reintegration of some of the employees who were fired from the company, this time. The comedian sent another email with a new meme: “Don’t fly. Come to the roof of the house.” This means, “Don’t fly. To return home and shovel.”

Faced with the breadth of his content, Matt Shaver even had to post a message on his Twitter account : “Warning. These two videos were satirical, parodies. How many people think they are real and how many more want them to be real so they have someone (me or Elon Musk) to hate. Anyone who sends me advice or offers help Thank you to 25%.”

But this satire sheds light on the disastrous situation of former employees of the social network. Late last week, a class-action lawsuit was even filed by former employees challenging the failure to comply with the 60-day notice period required by American law in the event of mass layoffs (the Notice Act).

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