Elon Musk faces controversy over Twitter Hotel
Elon Musk faces controversy over Twitter Hotel (Image via Business India)

The possibility of the Twitter Inc. headquarters departing San Francisco once more made news on May 23. This happened after owner Elon Musk’s evasive response to an interviewer’s query on whether the firm will remain in the Northern California city.

Musk also delivered a hesitant response to the same question while participating remotely in the CEO Council Summit of the Wall Street Journal in London.

According to online public records with the county’s Department of Building Inspection, this is most likely because Elon Musk and X Corp., the Musk-backed parent company of social media platform Twitter, are currently under investigation due to a building code violation at Twitter’s Market Street offices in San Francisco. However, since Musk hasn’t released an official comment regarding this, all of this is simply speculation.

San Francisco will no longer house the Twitter Headquarters

Musk to move Twitter Headquarters from San Francisco
Musk to move Twitter Headquarters from San Francisco (Image via Economic Times)

After six complaints, San Francisco officials revealed last week that they are looking into Twitter. Elon Musk’s crew allegedly broke the law by converting the company’s headquarters into a “Twitter Hotel”, according to six former employees of Twitter. This caused the San Francisco officials to announce that they are investigating the matter.

After Musk dismissed or laid off roughly 80% of Twitter’s workforce, employees were forced to stay up late working for the company, therefore the plan was to build sleeping accommodations for them. Musk apparently violated certain laws while doing so.

The San Francisco Department of Building Inspection says an investigation into the additional charges will be conducted.

The former Twitter application workers claim that renovations made to the company’s headquarters in a 1930s Art Deco building in downtown San Francisco by Musk’s team breached construction codes on many occasions. According to reports, these modifications included turning off the lights and installing locks that wouldn’t open.

Why is Musk moving the Twitter Headquarters?

Musk is the CEO of Twitter
Musk is the CEO of Twitter (Image via Twitter)

Due to recent building code breaches at Twitter’s Market Street offices in San Francisco, Musk is likely shifting the company’s headquarters out of the city.

The investigation was previously reported by the San Francisco Chronicle and comes in response to a lawsuit six former Twitter employees filed on May 16 in Delaware court. In this lawsuit, they claim that Musk’s “transition team” instructed them to repeatedly break the law, including by making unsafe modifications to the company’s office space.

According to the lawsuit, a worker was instructed to install locks on unauthorized “hotel room” doors. Even though, they did not adhere to a California requirement that “requires locks that automatically disengage when the building’s fire suppression systems are triggered.”

What are the possible cities where Musk could move the Headquarters?

Well, there is no official information available about the new location of the Twitter Headquarters. Netizens can only speculate at this point. So, some of the possible cities where Twitter’s CEO Musk could shift the Twitter headquarters are as follows:

  • Los Angeles
  • Texas
  • Las Vegas
  • San Diego
  • Seattle
  • Mexico City
  • New York City
  • Tokyo
  • London
  • Amsterdam
  • Paris
  • Berlin
  • Lisbon
  • Barcelona
  • Bangkok
  • Singapore
  • Bangalore

Where did Musk move his previous companies?

This is not the first time Musk had moved an entire headquarters. In 2021, Musk moved the headquarters of Tesla from California to Texas. Tesla is the the electric car and solar panel company he owns.

The action was taken as a result of an argument with health regulators in Alameda County, California, over the reopening of a Tesla factory at the onset of the coronavirus outbreak.

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