A former Facebook security chief told Elon Musk on Twitter to stop firing engineers for correcting Musk's 'clear misstatements'

A former Facebook security chief told Elon Musk on Twitter to stop firing engineers for correcting Musk's 'clear misstatements'
Alex Stamos, Facebook's former chief security officer.Getty
  • A former Facebook executive weighed in on Elon Musk's tumultuous new ownership of Twitter.
  • Stamos advised Musk on Twitter to stop firing engineers for "correcting your clear misstatements."

Elon Musk's tenure as Twitter's new owner has gotten off to a rocky start.

He has faced a wave of criticism on the platform and even had to temporarily suspend his plans to revamp the company's verification product, "Twitter Blue," after Twitter was hit by a rush of accounts trolling brands and famous people.

Now, after laying off 50% of Twitter's staff earlier this month, Musk has fired some of Twitter's remaining workers who have taken to the social media platform to refute claims Musk has made about the company.

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The firings have been praised by many of Musk's Twitter followers, but it has also attracted some detractors, including Facebook's former chief security officer Alex Stamos.

Musk has recently been tweeting about Twitter's slow performance in the developing world and with Android users, which was the source of one of his spats with a now-former employee.


On Tuesday, Stamos offered advice on Twitter about how to fix Twitter's lag time, finishing his thread by writing, "stop firing best engineers for correcting your clear misstatements."

Stamos was Facebook's chief security officer from 2015 to 2018. He did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Eric Frohnhoefer, a Twitter engineer who Musk dismissed on Sunday for publicly refuting one of Musk's tweets, told Forbes on Monday that the culture at the company has gone "downhill" after Musk's $44 billion takeover of the company officially went through late last month.

"No one trusts anyone within the company anymore," he said. "How can you function? Employees don't trust the new management. Management doesn't trust the employees. How do you think you're supposed to get anything done?" he said.