'It's a Long Story': Elon Musk Publicly Apologizes to Disabled Employee After Squabble on Twitter A Twitter user (and a former Twitter employee) Tweeted at Musk after losing access to his work computer wondering if he was still employed. Musk responded as expected.

By Emily Rella

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Update 3/8: Elon Musk has issued an apology via Twitter to a disabled employee who he got into an altercation with on the platform after the employee asked him to clarify whether or not he had been laid off.

The billionaire took to the social media platform on Tuesday night to publicly apologize to Icelandic businessman Haraldur "Halli" Þorleifsson after accusing him of using his disability as "an excuse" and having done "no actual work" for the company.

Musk claims that following the Twitter feud, he met with the scorned employee via "video call" and called the misunderstanding a "long story."

"I would like to apologize to Halli for my misunderstanding of his situation. It was based on things I was told that were untrue or, in some cases, true, but not meaningful," Musk wrote. "He is considering remaining at Twitter."

Þorleifsson did not respond or react to Musk's Tweet as of Wednesday morning.

Original story below.

The Twitter layoff saga has taken yet another dramatic turn as one now-ex-employee of the company confronted Musk on the social media platform and made quite the public spectacle of an exit interview.

A former Twitter employee named Haraldur Þorleifsson, an Icelandic entrepreneur and philanthropist who founded the creative agency Ueno, Tweeted at Musk claiming that he lost access to his work computer at Twitter and wanted clarification on whether or not he was still employed by the company.

Musk quickly quipped back at the now-former employee, asking him "What work have you been doing?" After more back and forth, the former employee listed a slew of tasks he allegedly accomplished while working at Twitter.

Musk asked for photo evidence, and the squabble continued before Musk ended (for his part) the exchange with two crying laughing emojis.

During the exchange, said that Twitter's HR representative did in fact "miraculously reply" and confirm that he had been let go.

The man, who was dubbed Iceland's 'Person of the Year' by several local outlets for his work on improving accessbility for the disabled in his country, doubled down by the end and asked Musk if he was going to be paid out in full for his disability after being let go.

Things then took an even uglier turn, after Musk responded to a Tweet about the debacle from a separate Twitter user saying that the now ex-employee was "individually wealthy" as well as "did no actual work: and claimed he had a disability that prohibited him from being able to type.

"Despite his claims on Twitter that he did work, it turns out he told HR that he couldn't work because he couldn't type, but was, over the same period, typing up a storm on Twitter," Musk wrote. "Yet there are many people on Twitter defending him. This hurts my faith in humanity."

After seeing this, the man took to his own account to once again call out Musk and explain that he is wheelchair-bound due to Muscular Dystrophy and told his story of how he was diagnosed, and how he sold his company to Twitter in a 17 Tweet-long thread.

He also noted why he chose to confront Musk publicly.

"The reason I asked you in public is because you (or anyone else at Twitter) didn't reply to my private messages," he said. "You had every right to lay me off. But it would have been nice to let me know!"

Less than two weeks ago, Musk laid off another 200 Twitter employees, which was roughly 10% of the company's total remaining workforce.

Twitter is now estimated to have less than 2,000 employees.

Emily Rella

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Emily Rella is a Senior News Writer at Entrepreneur.com. Previously, she was an editor at Verizon Media. Her coverage spans features, business, lifestyle, tech, entertainment, and lifestyle. She is a 2015 graduate of Boston College and a Ridgefield, CT native. Find her on Twitter at @EmilyKRella.

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