Elon Musk has hired George Hotz to serve as a Twitter intern for the next three months. Hotz made a name for himself over a decade ago when he hacked into a PlayStation 3 and posted information about the exploit. That led to a lawsuit from Sony, but the two sides settled when Hotz agreed to stop. Hotz is currently a software engineer working on vehicle automation, but recently did an unpaid internship at Twitter. Earlier this month, Hotz criticized employees who refused to sign off on Elon’s “extremely harsh” statement for Twitter 2.0, stating that he would work 12 unpaid weeks in exchange for living expenses from San Francisco.
Musk publicly accepted the offer, and Hotz is apparently working on two projects for the company: fixing Twitter’s search feature and “trying to get rid of the non-dismissable login popup after scrolling a bit.” It remains to be seen how this will all go, but Hotz has already received criticism on Twitter for trying to obtain the work of other users. Whether or not he will be successful during his time at the company remains to be seen.
Things at Twitter have been a mess since Musk took over the company. The CEO spent $44 billion to buy Twitter and is desperate to recoup his investment. The social media platform has seen massive layoffs and a proposed change to Twitter Blue that allowed verified users to impersonate businesses. Those copycats have led to several advertisers abandoning Twitter and a general lack of confidence in the company’s current direction. Reports from last week suggested that several remaining employees are concerned that Twitter could end up shutting down entirely.
On top of all this, many Twitter users have been looking to switch to competing social media platforms like Mastodon and Hive. Musk could certainly use a win right now, and if Hotz can fix some of Twitter’s problems, that could help.
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