Elon Musk apologizes for questioning disabled former Twitter employee
He later apologized to Thorleifsson, who uses a wheelchair due to his muscular dystrophy.
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Elon Musk has apologized to a disabled former Twitter employee after a heated online exchange in which the Twitter CEO questioned the employee's disability.
The tweet exchange leading to the apology began Monday when employee Haraldur Thorleifsson tweeted at Musk: "9 days the access to my work computer was cut, along with about 200 other Twitter employees. However, your head of HR is not able to confirm if I am an employee or not. You've not answered my emails."
Musk responded by asking about his work at the company and a public exit interview was held in a series of tweet exchanges.
During the exchange, Thorleifsson said Twitter's human resources department contacted him and said he was fired.
Musk then tweeted Tuesday: "The reality is that this guy (who is independently wealthy) did no actual work, claimed as his excuse that he had a disability that prevented him from typing, yet was simultaneously tweeting up a storm. Can’t say I have a lot of respect for that."
He later apologized to Thorleifsson, who uses a wheelchair due to his muscular dystrophy and is independently wealthy because Twitter acquired his startup Ueno in 2021.
"I just did a videocall with Halli to figure out what’s real vs what I was told. It’s a long story," Musk said. "Better to talk to people than communicate via tweet."
He also said: "I would like to apologize to Halli for my misunderstanding of his situation. It was based on things I was told that were untrue or, in some cases, true, but not meaningful. He is considering remaining at Twitter."
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