SpaceX fired several employees who shared and wrote a letter critiquing the conduct of CEO Elon Musk. The company's president criticized the letter for being "overreaching activism."

The Verge first reported that Musk's behaviour was "a frequent source for distraction and embarrassment to us" and asked SpaceX to "publicly address" and "condemn Elon's tweeting behaviour."

The letter writers stated that Elon, our CEO and most prominent spokesperson, is seen as SpaceX's face. Every tweet Elon posts is de facto a public statement from the company.

It is crucial to communicate to our employees and potential talent pool that Elon's messaging does not reflect our work or mission.

According to an email from SpaceX president Gwynne Shotwell, several of the letter's writers were fired on Thursday afternoon. The New York Times first reported the firing. The Verge also saw the email.

Shotwell stated in an email that SpaceX had "terminated many employees involved" with the creation of the letter.

Shotwell wrote that the letter, solicitations, and general process made employees feel intimidated, bullied, and uncomfortable because they were pressured to sign on to something that didn't reflect their views.

We have too much important work and don't need this type of activism. An anonymous employee, who contributed to the letter's writing, asked to remain anonymous.

He claimed that Shotwell's email was "tone deaf" and that it resulted in " a month of hard work and soliciting feedback to ensure we got as much input as possible."

We have reached out to SpaceX and will update this article if we receive a response. Musk has been known for being volatile. However, his $44 billion proposed acquisition of Twitter has drawn more attention.

Insider reported last month that SpaceX paid $250,000 to a flight attendant after Musk allegedly propositioned her and exposed himself to her. Musk later joked on Twitter about the incident, telling another user, "if you touch mine wiener, then you can have a horse."