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SpaceX has reportedly fired several employees for criticizing Elon Musk: Report

SpaceX has fired several employees involved in an open letter that blasted billionaire boss Elon Musk, according to media reports.

An email from Gwynne Shotwell, SpaceX’s president, saying the company had terminated employees who put together and circulated the letter.

The letter writers denounced Musk for actions that they said are a “frequent source of distraction and embarrassment for us, particularly in recent weeks.”




It’s unclear how many SpaceX workers lost their jobs, but Shotwell left no doubt that the company believed they had crossed an unacceptable line.

“The letter, solicitations and general process made employees feel uncomfortable, intimidated and bullied, and/or angry because the letter pressured them to sign onto something that did not reflect their views,” Shotwell wrote in her email, according to the Times . “

”We have too much critical work to accomplish and no need for this kind of overreaching activism.”



The open letter from SpaceX employees criticizing Musk asserted that some of his tweets sent out to his 98 million followers cast the company in a poor light.

“As our CEO and most prominent spokesperson, Elon is seen as the face of SpaceX — every tweet that Elon sends is a de facto public statement by the company,” the open letter said.

“It is critical to make clear to our teams and to our potential talent pool that his messaging does not reflect our work, our mission, or our values.”