Twitter has been going through a troubled period since Elon Musk took over the platform. From mass layoffs to changes in the workday culture, many rumors that the social network would come to an end began to gain more and more power.
However, in the face of all these confusions, Twitter has just gained a reinforcement in its team. None other than security hacker George Hotz, who became well known for developing the iOS jailbreak and even reverse engineering the PlayStation 3.
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Hacker will work on Twitter for 12 weeks
Elon Musk decided to reinforce his team by hiring the hacker, but he will not be a permanent employee. George will only work for a stipulated period of 12 weeks with the aim of fixing the search area of the platform and also removing the warning that prevents the user from browsing Twitter without being registered.
George gained the attention of the company’s new CEO when he revealed his support for the idea that employees would need to work in a more “hardcore” culture, as defined by Musk himself. That means more hours of work and with high intensity.
After some backlash, George posted the message “I will put my money where my mouth is. I’m willing to do a 12-week internship at Twitter in exchange for living expenses in San Francisco. It’s not about accumulating capital in a dead world, it’s about making the world alive.” In response to this, Musk posted “Let’s Talk”.
I’ll put my money where my mouth is. I’m down for a 12 week internship at Twitter for cost of living in SF.
It’s not about accumulating capital in a dead world, it’s about making the world alive.
— George Hotz 🐀 (@realGeorgeHotz) November 16, 2022
This expression of “putting money where your mouth is” is used in English to show through actions and not just words that the person believes in something. That is, George wanted to show that his support for this more hardcore style was not just lip service, he is willing to prove it with actions, working there. However, of course, a period of 12 weeks cannot be compared with a fixed working day for other employees.
From enemies to friends?
However, an interesting detail of this Twitter chapter is that Elon Musk and George Hotz were once kind of enemies. Hotz even started his own business after a falling out with Musk. At the time, Musk tried to hire the hacker for his Tesla company, but Hotz claimed that this did not work out because the billionaire kept changing the terms of that contract all the time.
In addition, Musk also publicly “mocked” Holtz’s statements that he could create better technology than the autopilot used at Tesla. It was after these minor spats that Hotz took matters into his own hands and created Comma.ai, a company that currently sells driver assistance system development kits.
These kits are already compatible with over 200 cars and cost around $1,999. It is worth remembering that George Hotz was also known from his nickname Geohot, when at just 17 years old he managed to be the first person to be able to remove the SIM lock on an iPhone.
Elon Musk remains at the top but is losing billions
Elon Musk seems to be on a streak of bad luck, but he still has a lot of money to stay on top. This Monday (21), Tesla shares reached the lowest value in 2 years, which only intensified after the billionaire bought Twitter.
With that, his equity took a little swing. After reaching its peak in 2021 with US$ 340 billion, this week it also reached its lowest point, with US$ 170 billion. According to Bloomberg, Musk’s fortune dropped by $101 billion this year alone. Tesla shares this year have already seen a 58% decline.
However, even with all these losses, he remains the richest person in the world. In the top 3 is Gautam Adani, the founder of port operations conglomerate Adani Group, which is currently the only one that has seen growth in its fortune this year. It is currently estimated at US$ 130 billion, with an increase of US$ 53 billion in 2022 alone.
In second place is Bernard Arnault, president and CEO of Louis Vuitton, who also ended up losing US$ 21.5 billion this year, but maintains a fortune of US$ 157 billion.