By interviewing 36 people "at or close to Twitter", reporters found that, among other things, Musk allegedly requested a payroll audit to confirm employees receiving bonuses were real before they were laid off.
According to the article, Musk supposedly wanted to lay off Twitter's work staff before employees received scheduled bonuses.
However, he allegedly agreed to wait until after the bonus date under the condition the company assess for "ghost employees".
"Mr. Musk insisted on a payroll audit to confirm that Twitter’s employees were “real humans." He voiced concerns that “ghost employees” who should not receive the money lingered in Twitter’s systems," New York Times reported.
\u201cThe rate at which we are finding out incredibly stupid things about this man is unsustainable\u201d
As word of the "ghost employee" audit hit Twitter, people questioned Musk's skepticism, as many have never heard of the term.
\u201cWhat does Elon Musk mean by \u201cghost employees\u201d? I've never heard of someone trying to make sure their own employees are \u201creal humans.\u201d \n\nI can't tell if this is him trolling us, a paranoid delusion, or just his way of saying that he treats other human beings as subhuman. WTF.\u201d
"Ghost employees are a real thing I have looked for and found in audits. But, uh, out of tens of thousands of employees, I found two ever. It's not a significant risk. I usually appended the search to other audits. It's not terribly involved if you're already doing other work," they wrote.
We reached out to Musk for comment
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