TWITTER – A “ Snap of the employees which is reminiscent of the devastating snap of the fingers of the nemesis of the Avengers. Indeed, only a week after being bought by Elon Musk, Twitter undertook to lay off half of its workforce this Friday, November 4.
A decision far from being welcomed with a smile by the employees of the social network at the blue bird, to the point that an unflattering comparison emerges online about the controversial businessman, founder of SpaceX. Like a certain Thanos, the great villain of stories involving Marvel superheroes, Elon Musk is now compared to the ” mad titan “for having fired” 50% of staff from Twitter, a sudden disappearance of nearly 3,750 employees out of the 7,500 employed by the Californian company.
Something to remind some of the famous “Snap of Thanos in the comics and in the film avengers infinity warwhere a simple snap of his fingers allowed the supervillain to instantly wipe out half of the living beings in the universe, just that.
And the first to make this comparison were the main victims of the decisions of Elon Musk: the tweeps, the nickname of the employees of Twitter, warned Thursday evening by email of the layoffs to come. A message which also specified that the offices would be “temporarily closed” and badge access “suspended”in order to “to ensure the security of each employee and that of Twitter’s systems and data”.
According to the information shared this Friday, it is therefore in anticipation of ” the loss of half of their colleagues ” that ” some started calling this Friday ‘the Snap’ and posting Thanos memes”delivers specialist journalist Casey Newton on Twitter.
“Thanos in real life”
It was enough for the Internet to take over the comparison, thus offering an anthology of photo montages (more or less successful) where the richest man in the world takes the place of Thanos on images taken from the saga movies avengers.
” This is how Elon Musk feels after getting 50% fired from Twitter », Writes for example this Internet user to accompany his montage where the face of the founder of PayPal blends perfectly with the body of the fictional character, embodied in the cinema by Josh Brolin. Another Internet user even offers a drawing made for the occasion so that Thanos and Musk become one.
When not directly compared to Thanos, it is the infinity gauntlet that Elon Musk’s detractors regularly refer to. In fact, in recent films avengersThanos uses a glove set with stones of power, which when combined, allow its holder to have a weapon with unlimited powers.
the “Chief Twitter” drive away employees
As of last Thursday, when Elon Musk took control of the company, he had dissolved the board of directors, fired the executives, assumed the position of chief executive and took the company off the stock exchange. Shortly after the layoffs were announced, Twitter employees took to the social network to announce their job cuts, sometimes using the hashtags #LoveWhereYouWork and #OneTeam. ).
A wave of dismissals which particularly affects certain branches of the company, such as the one based in India, inspiring – once again – a montage bearing the effigy of Thanos. Managers, and the marketing and design departments seem particularly affected, according to an employee contacted by AFP, but who wished to remain anonymous.
Elon Musk, who first renamed himself “Chief Twitter” (“twit” meaning ” dumbass “ in English), then “Twitter hotline operator”brought in Tesla developers on Friday to review the work of Twitter employees.
The change in corporate culture is therefore confirmed, knowing that several executives resigned on their own this week and more than 700 people have already left this summer, of their own free will, according to an employee.
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