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Elon Musk is facing backlash after he posed for a photograph with the fake employees who claimed he had fired them from the social media platform.
The billionaire has sacked a lot of the company’s top executives and half of its staff overall since he accomplished his chaotic $44bn takeover last month.
When the firings were announced per week after he got the keys to Twitter, two pranksters walked around outside its San Francisco headquarters claiming to be fired engineers.
The pair told the media their names were “Rahul Ligma” and “Daniel Johnson”, before it emerged the pair had never worked at the corporate.
The name “Ligma” is a fake disease reportedly utilized in a joke that is supposed to get a crude reply.
Mr Musk praised the prank on the time as “the most effective trolls ever.”
And now the billionaire has tweeted a photograph of himself with the pranksters, who wore name tags reading “Rahul” and “Daniel.”
“Welcoming back Ligma & Johnson!” tweeted Mr Musk, the world’s richest person.
And he added: “Essential to confess after I’m incorrect & firing them was truly certainly one of my biggest mistakes.”
However the insensitive joke fell flat for some Twitter users, who slammed the entrepreneur for the joke when 1000’s of employees had lost their jobs.
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“Making fun of firing people when you fire people tells us all exactly what sort of boss you’re,” one user tweeted.
And one other added: “You actually don’t have anything higher to do along with your time?”
“Is it just me who finds this ‘bit’ somewhat creepy and uncool given the actual 7000+ people you probably did fire within the last couple of weeks? Feels Ike you’re mocking people you’ve fired. Actually it’s not going to make Bay Area technologists more keen to work with you,” tweeted one other.