We shouldn’t have let this sink into Twitter’s siege.
Since Elon Musk took over Twitterthe social media platform has been riddled with controversy — half of the app’s top advertisers are gone; nobody knows what happens with verified ticks?; a heap of right-wing figures were reinstated; the copyright system is messed up; so, so, so, so many people have been laid off. And now, according to the Irish Timesa senior Twitter executive has won a temporary injunction from the Dublin High Court to prevent her from being fired.
Sinead McSweeney is Twitter’s global vice president of public policy based in Ireland. She says she was kicked out of her work accounts and Twitter’s Dublin office when she didn’t respond to an infamous email from Musk asking employees to engage in the new “extremely hardcore” culture. ” from Twitter. If the workers didn’t answer “yes” to the email, they had to leave, Musk said. McSweeney did not answer “yes” because, according to The Times, the email did not explain what Musk’s expectations were for the remaining employees and the severance package did not meet his “contractual rights”. . She received an email confirming her apparent “voluntary resignation” on November 18.
According to the Irish Times, the company told her she had agreed to an exit package by not responding, but McSweeney said she had not resigned. Either way, she’s being treated like she no longer works for Twitter, which is a weird thing to do to someone who’s pretty sure she still works for Twitter.
McSweeney is still, reasonably, a bit worried about the “mixed messages” she’s getting from Musk. After receiving the attorneys’ letter, Twitter’s attorneys said its computer systems would be restored. This does not happen. She says she feels “unable to work” and feels like she is in “no man’s land” with her job.
On Friday, a judge granted McSweeney’s injunction that prevents her from being fired but does not restore her job. The court will return to his case next week.