The letter was mailed on an internal SpaceX Microsoft Teams channel that touches more than 2,600 employees, The Verge revealed yesterday on June 16th. It denounces Musk’s behavior on Twitter and other public forums as “a frequent source of distraction and embarrassment for us, particularly in recent weeks.”
The letter attracted a lot of attention, involving SpaceX’s executive offices. By yesterday afternoon, the company had already expelled some of the people accountable for writing and mailing it, The New York Times reported today on June 17th
The Times illustrated conversations with three SpaceX employees who wanted to remain anonymous and an email to staff from the company president and chief operating officer Gwynne Shotwell that the magazine collected. In that email, Shotwell composed that SpaceX had “terminated a number of employees involved” with the letter.
According to The Times, “The letter, solicitations, and general process made employees feel uncomfortable, intimidated and bullied, and/or angry because the letter pressured them to sign onto something that did not reflect their views,” Shotwell added, “We have too much critical work to accomplish and no need for this kind of overreaching activism.”