In the first test of freedom of expression, Musk fired two Twitter engineers who publicly criticized him

resort aTo the new owner of Twitter, Elon Musk, who calls himself “the master of free speech,” to dismiss the company’s engineers who openly criticize him on the social media service.

Musk had already fired one employee in a tweet, and another said he was fired after publicly berating Musk.

Engineer Eric Fronhofer, who worked on the Twitter app for the Android mobile operating system, retweeted one of Musk’s tweets with a comment, saying Musk’s understanding of the technical part of the Twitter app was “wrong.”

Musk responded and asked Fronhofer to elaborate, before writing, “Twitter is very slow on (Android). What did you do to fix that?”

After trying to explain his reasoning in a number of tweets, another user asked Fronhofer why he hadn’t shared his comments with his new boss privately.

The engineer, who has worked on Twitter for more than 8 years, replied, “Maybe he should ask the questions in private…and maybe use Slack or email.”

On Monday, Musk wrote that Fronhofer had been fired.

Fronhofer retweeted the post, which included a salutation emoji that several employees used when they were laid off earlier this month.

Another engineer, Ben Lieb, was fired after Musk’s plea.

He retweeted the same technical post from Musk, writing: “As the former CTO of Twitter’s timelines infrastructure, I can confidently say this guy has no idea what he’s talking about.”

Lieb, who worked on Twitter for 10 years, confirmed to Bloomberg that he was fired on Sunday, according to what was seen by Al Arabiya.net.

Twitter has been in shambles since Musk took over late last month.

And many workers remain upset that Musk fired half of the company’s 7,000-plus employees, including most of the senior managers, within about a week of his $44 billion acquisition.

The billionaire also quickly changed the company’s culture. While it wasn’t previously typical for employees to openly challenge leadership on Twitter, workers often spoke on internal Slack channels and via email before Musk appeared, sometimes posting criticisms or concerns for the entire company.

Current and former employees say Musk’s changes have led to a lack of internal communication regarding who is in charge and what the company’s priorities are.

The moves have also led to concerns that San Francisco-based Twitter is vulnerable to product malfunctions or technical outages.

On Monday, Twitter implemented another coding freeze, halting product updates for the app, and employees were not given a clear reason for this.

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