Elon Musk warns that Twitter headquarters may not stay in San Francisco

Tuesday, May 23, 2023 9:12 p.m.

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SAN FRANCISCO– Twitter may not keep its headquarters in San Francisco forever, owner Elon Musk said Tuesday.

Speaking virtually at The Wall Street Journal’s Council of CEOs Summit in London, Musk gave a non-committal response to an interviewer’s question about whether the company would stay in the California city.

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San Francisco officials announced last week they were investigating Twitter after six former employees alleged that Musk’s team broke laws by turning the company’s headquarters into a “Twitter hotel.” The idea was to create dormitories for workers who were pushed to stay up late on the social media platform after Musk fired or fired nearly 80% of Twitter employees.

The San Francisco Building Inspection Department said it would investigate the new allegations.

Former Twitter employees say Musk’s team ordered numerous changes to the company’s headquarters in a 1930s Art Deco building in downtown San Francisco that violated building codes. Those changes included disabling lights and adding locks that would not open in an emergency, according to the lawsuit.

In 2021, Musk moved the headquarters of Tesla, the electric car and solar panel company he runs, from California to Texas. The move follows a spat with Alameda County, Calif., health officials over the reopening of a Tesla factory at the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

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