A letter to company administrators was mailed in an internal SpaceX Microsoft Teams channel with roughly 2,600 employees on Thursday- June 16th. The letter proposes the founder of SpaceX and Tesla improve his ways.
“Elon’s behavior in the public sphere is a frequent source of distraction and embarrassment for us, particularly in recent weeks,” the letter says.
Much of that attitude reveals itself on Twitter, which Musk is attempting to buy. The billionaire is extremely active on the platform, occasionally utilizing it to play crude jokes or abuse people. In 2018, for instance, he suggested that a man involved in saving Thai boys from a flooded cave is a pedophile.
“As our CEO and most prominent spokesperson, Elon is seen as the face of SpaceX — every tweet that Elon sends is a de facto public statement by the company,” the letter expands. “It is critical to make clear to our teams and to our potential talent pool that his messaging does not reflect our work, our mission or our values.”
While Business Insider’s sexual harassment story about Musk appeared, SpaceX president Gwynne Shotwell mailed a company-wide email to employees protecting Musk, according to The Verge’s story today.
“Personally, I believe the allegations to be false; not because I work for Elon, but because I have worked closely with him for 20 years and never seen nor heard anything resembling these allegations,” Shotwell wrote. “Anyone who knows Elon like I do knows he would never conduct or condone this alleged inappropriate behavior.”