Notorious former iPhone and PS3 hacker George “Geohot” Hotz has quit his job at Twitter, barely a month after Elon Musk hired him to help “fix” the social media site.
Hotz is perhaps best known as the first person to jailbreak the iPhone in 2008, before releasing a PS3 hack in 2010 – which Sony tried to sue him for, with the cases settled out of court.
Most recently, Hotz signed up for a 12-week internship at Twitter, where Musk eventually took him over and was tasked with fixing the site’s search function. In response to a user who questioned the idea that he could fix Twitter’s “broken search” in a month, Hotz replied said “that’s what Elon told me my job was and I’m going to do my best to do it. I’m 12 weeks old.
It looks like he won’t finish these 12 weeks with Hotz takes to Twitter to announce his departureadding that he “didn’t think I could have any real influence there”.
However, it appears that he is parting ways with the company on good terms. In a series of follow-up tweets, Hotz said he was “still chasing the success of Twitter 2.0.”
Hotz was previously the founder of Comma AI, a driver assistance technology company competing with Tesla Autopilot, which is also owned by Musk.
His departure comes amid a chaotic time at Twitter, which has been mired in controversy since Musk bought the platform in October.
These controversies include banning a number of journalists from the platform, blocking links to rival social media sites and ending Twitter’s COVID-19 misinformation policy. While many of Musk’s decisions have since been reversed, such as reinstating banned journalist accounts and retracting his policies regarding other social media outlets, his management of Twitter has been somewhat controversial.
But it looks like Musk’s time on Twitter is coming to an end. He recently vowed to step down as CEO of Twitter as soon as he found “someone stupid enough to take the job.”