A Twitter employee who works in “brand safety” with a history of making derogatory posts about white people is leaving the company, the employee said on Thursday.
“[T]oday was my last day at the bird app,” said a post from Maie Aiyed from an account that is verified as being affiliated with Twitter.
today was my last day at the bird app🐦💙
to the most incredible manager, mentor, and friend — thanks for taking a chance on me @ajb_sf
I feel so lucky to have been part of…
— maie (@MaieAiyed) June 2, 2023
The tweet did not specify a reason for the departure, but did express gratitude to some colleagues.
“I feel so lucky to have been part of something so special,” the tweet added, followed by the hashtag “#LoveWhereYouWorked.”
The announcement came around the time that news broke that Ella Irwin, the head of Twitter’s trust and safety department, had resigned — all while Twitter restricted the launch of The Daily Wire’s hit documentary “What Is A Woman?” on the platform Thursday evening.
As of press time, there was no confirmation that the departures were related in any way, but users quickly began looking through olds posts from Aiyed that showed a history of making comments that are dismissive of white people.
— Gregg Re (@gregg_re) June 2, 2023
“There are so many people that don’t have people speaking for them’ ya like black people, trans people, Muslim people WHO +,” Aiyed said in one post in 2017, responding to a tweet that has since been deleted. “wouldn’t even GET the platform you had even if they worked twice as hard, so..rest assured, white men are represented. In ALL their views,” Aiyed added.
“[W]hite ppl eat half a shawerma wrap and be like AH LAAN! SHOE is mak . like wtf does that even mean mark . ur still not invited to the hummus,” Aiyed tweeted that same year. “[W]hite people act like flossing is a personality trait lmfao,” Aiyed tweeted in 2018. “[W]hite guys think buying Elvis memorabilia is a suitable substitute for a personality lmao,” said another post.
A search of the account’s tweets showed many other posts about white people over the years.
White people who use their privilege to deconstruct the system and elevate the voices of people of color: pic.twitter.com/PEjPLJlfbh
— maie (@MaieAiyed) May 29, 2018
…..why is white lives matter trending. pic.twitter.com/MdKgpQhzio
— maie (@MaieAiyed) August 22, 2016
whenever white people start a "trend" pic.twitter.com/3bjOqyejPd
— maie (@MaieAiyed) April 25, 2017
This underhanded fast pitch at the white male patriarchy this is what I like to wake up to👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👌🏼 https://t.co/lQXmx5UIUZ
— maie (@MaieAiyed) February 2, 2017
A wider review of the account indicates Aiyed has roots in Egypt and has a penchant for tweeting about video games, as well as other topics, often with a snarky tone.
According to a LinkedIn profile, Aiyed has been working as a program manager for Brand Safety Partnerships at Twitter in the San Francisco Bay Area since March 2022, which would precede Elon Musk’s takeover.
Other places of employment in the preceding years include YouTube, Patreon, and Dropbox, per the account.