With Twitter ranks left kind of bare compared to its previous state, the employees left behind are scrambling to keep things running. Whether that was Musk’s intention all along or not, it seems that the billionaire is willing to make some exceptions and let bygones be bygones to improve Twitter’s chance of succeeding. Despite the chaos all over the media, there are still people who want to work at Twitter, and one such person is George Hotz — who has just started his new job at the social media platform.
Hotz and Musk have some history, so much so that many would consider them enemies. George Hotz is a security expert and hacker. Some of the highlights of his career included iOS jailbreaks and digging deep into the PlayStation 3, but his rise to fame started in 2015, when he reportedly turned down a multi-million dollar bonus and a job offer from Musk (via The Verge). One might wonder why such a lucrative contract would turn into a conflict, but it did.
For starters, the job offer never came to fruition. Many sources report that Hotz said Musk “kept changing the terms,” so he declined the job offer at Tesla. At the time, the 26-year-old hacker and developer was saying that his driver assistance systems could outperform Tesla’s troubled Autopilot. Musk and Tesla didn’t agree with this, so much so that Tesla posted a correction to a Bloomberg article that it didn’t even write itself. In the correction, Tesla said: “We think it is extremely unlikely that a single person or even a small company that lacks extensive engineering validation capability will be able to produce an autonomous driving system that can be deployed to production vehicles.”