hotz: Meet George Hotz, renowned iPhone hacker, now Elon Musk’s solution to Twitter’s ‘broken’ search feature


After becoming the new boss of Twitter, Elon Musk seems to be introducing a slew of reforms. While some of it has already created a stir – especially laying off nearly half of the staff and the paid Twitter Blue service, some of the changes are in favour of enhancing the user experience on Twitter. The 51-year-old has been maintaining his vision for Twitter which is to make it more transparent and accessible to all.

With Musk’s acquisition of the microblogging site, each day has been springing with new surprises. Adding to the long list of reforms, the Tesla chief has now hired American security hacker George Hotz to reportedly fix the broken search feature on Twitter.

It all began with a conversation on Twitter between Hotz and ‘Chief Twit’. On November 16, Musk sent an ultimatum to Twitter staff to fill out an online form or take three months of severance and leave. In the same email, Musk said that to transform Twitter its staff would be required to work in a high-intensity mode. He had set a deadline of November 17 for the employees to revert. However, the next day, Twitter witnessed a mass exodus of employees.

Hotz Hails Musk

Around the same time, Musk’s email was making the rounds on the Internet. Hotz had retweeted one of the tweets with Musk’s mail hailing the new chief’s move.

“This is the attitude that builds incredible things. Let all the people who don’t desire greatness leave,” Hotz tweeted.

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In the same thread, Hotz also expressed his desire to sign-up for a 12-week internship. “I’ll put my money where my mouth is. I’m down for a 12 week internship at Twitter for cost of living in SF. It’s not about accumulating capital in a dead world, it’s about making the world alive,” he had tweeted. To this Elon Musk responded by saying, ‘Sure, let’s talk”.

On November 22, Hotz tweeted saying that he has been signed up for the internship. He said that he was hired to fix Twitter’s ‘broken search’ and that he will also work towards eliminating the non-dismissable login pop-up.

Who Is George Hotz?

George Hotz, who is also known as geohot, is widely known for iOS jailbreaks. Hotz rose to prominence in 2007, when he became the first person to disable the SIM lock on an iPhone. Reportedly, Hotz who was 17 years old then traded one of his unlocked iPhones to the founder of CertiCell, Terry Daidone, for a Nissan 350Z and three iPhones. Hotz, who is a software engineer, released software-based jailbreaks till October 2010.

Hotz had also revealed in 2009 that he had plans to breach the security of PlayStation 3. Throughout the years, Hotz has attracted numerous lawsuits from some of the biggest tech companies.

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