Tesla CEO Elon Musk claims there is a ‘significant risk’ of him being 'assassinated’.
News Corp reported that during a two-hour Q&A audio chat on Twitter Spaces, the SpaceX founder opened up about threats he’s received.
“Frankly the risk of something bad happening to me, or even literally being shot, is quite significant,” he said.
“It’s not that hard to kill somebody if you wanted to, so hopefully they don’t, and fate smiles upon the situation with me and it does not happen.
"There’s definitely some risk there.”
In October, the South African business magnate finally took over the reins at Twitter after months of acquisition.
However, since leading the company, Musk has not been shy of controversy while seemingly making more enemies than a Game of Thrones character.
According to The New York Times, Musk eliminated nearly half of Twitter's workforce within a week of closing that deal, equalling around 3,700 jobs.
The firings occurred across many departments, including the engineering and machine learning units, which contain staff that manage content moderation, and the sales and advertising sectors.
Former employee Kayvon Beykpour, who led Twitter's consumer division, said he had been informed of his termination while on paternity leave.
He wrote: “Interrupting my paternity leave to share some final @twitter-related news: I’m leaving the company after over seven years.”
He continued: “The truth is that this isn’t how and when I imagined leaving Twitter, and this wasn’t my decision. Parag [Twitter's chief executive] asked me to leave after letting me know that he wants to take the team in a different direction.”
It was a great run while it lasted. Love to all my fellow Tweeps. P.S. Elon, come take your dumb laptop. It’s not paying rent anymore. pic.twitter.com/L0LCy3D7qV— Tim Kettering (@timmytwits) November 4, 2022
Has it already started? Happy layoff eve! pic.twitter.com/0AcaQjGJvm— [email protected] (@ruchowdh) November 4, 2022
Interrupting my paternity leave to share some final @twitter-related news: I’m leaving the company after over 7 years.— Kayvon Beykpour (@kayvz) May 12, 2022
Another employee shared that they learned the bad news after being locked out of staff emails.
They tweeted: “Has it already started? Happy layoff eve!”
While another wrote: “It was a great run while it lasted. Love to all my fellow Tweeps. P.S. Elon, come take your dumb laptop. It’s not paying rent anymore.”
In the wake of the mass firings, Forbes reported that some former employees had filed a class action against Musk and the social media platform.
The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act and the California WARN regulate how companies handle mass sackings.
According to these laws, companies with more than 100 employees must give their staff 60 days notice before terminating their contract.
However, former staff claim the company had failed these acts as they did not give them the proper notice.