Despite recent mass layoffs and rollbacks of implemented decisions at Twitter, one thing is certain: the microblogging platform’s new CEO, Elon Musk, is a man of wits.
On Wednesday, the billionaire took to Twitter to post a photo of himself posing with two people who appeared to be his employees. “Welcome back, Ligma and Johnson!” he wrote alongside the photo.
He continued, “It’s important to admit when I’m wrong & firing them was truly one of my biggest mistakes.”
At first glance, it appears that Musk has welcomed back two of his employees who were let go during the mass layoffs that followed his acquisition of the platform. But don’t be fooled; this appears to be Musk’s response to Twitter trolls and those who have criticised his decision to fire Twitter employees.
The people featured in Musk’s new tweet are the pranksters who pretended to be laid-off Twitter employees in front of the media a few weeks ago. At the time, the duo duped multiple media outlets as the public awaited news on whether Tesla CEO Elon Musk had begun laying off employees.
Several images and videos went viral showing two men carrying boxes standing near the entrance to Twitter’s San Francisco headquarters, claiming to have been laid off by Musk. The world’s richest man even responded to the prankster incident with a witty tweet, “Ligma Johnson had it coming.”
Musk’s tweet was in response to one of the pranksters who told reporters his name was “Rahul Ligma” — a reference to a popular internet meme — and held a copy of Michelle Obama’s book “Becoming” aloft. The other introduced himself as “Daniel Johnson.”