Ever since Elon Musk took the helm at Twitter, the tycoon has faced a lot of controversy over his controversial decisions about the social network and employee turnover.
This week, Musk made another controversial move by announcing the hiring of George Hotz, best known for unlocking the PlayStation 3.
George Hotz is best known for bypassing carrier locks on the iPhone and hacking the PlayStation 3, but this week Elon Musk set him the ultimate tech challenge: fixing Twitter in three months. More specifically, Hotz will try to fix the problems with the social network’s search bar, which will likely require an entire team of engineers.
Hotz and Musk have a long history, as the mogul tried to hire a programmer for Tesla several times in the past, but they never reached an agreement on terms of employment.
The rapprochement between the two began when Hotz praised Musk for firing someone who didn’t want to work on “hard” Twitter. One Twitter user pointed out that he was defending Musk’s abusive work system, and Hotz responded by offering his services in exchange for financing living expenses in San Francisco, which would likely be well below the salary of an engineer with such responsibilities.
Musk was intrigued by such an affordable proposition, and the hiring took place.
Some of the responses to the last tweet are strange. I’m an intern trying to improve search, whatever your feelings about twitter and Elon are not about me.
Think it’s good to get feedback. I’m not trying to get “freelance work”, I just find it fun. Here to learn and improve!
— George Hotz 🐀 (@realGeorgeHotz) November 23, 2022
Hotz has big plans for 12 weeks on Twitter. He wants to get rid of the login popup that appears if you scroll too long. The developer also intends to improve the relevance of search results, but the fact that he offered his work for such a low salary caused anger among other professionals in the field.
There are already signs that Hotz may not be able to change the whole team. Some specialized vehicles also point out that Hotz is just a character used by the technical side of Twitter to promote an incentive campaign for engineers who want to work as volunteers on the platform. As some have pointed out, it’s not a good idea for one of Silicon Valley’s biggest tech companies to ask for volunteer labor, especially after Musk fired several full-time engineers who could have helped him with the project.
What do you think of Elon Musk’s new initiative?