San Francisco authorities are investigating Twitter’s new owner, Elon Musk, after a complaint led them to probe the office space he has allegedly been residing in. BBC reported that Elon Musk turned Twitter into a hotel for staff.
Photos show the unconventional living quarters, including a room with a double bed and wardrobe, reportedly created for his use since taking over the social media giant.
The tech mogul recently emailed all staff members, encouraging “hardcore” dedication towards success.
The British Broadcasting Corporation also reported that another conference room is furnished with an alarm clock and a picture over a made-up bed.
Hotel room at Twitter
NEW: The BBC has obtained pictures of inside Twitter – rooms that have been converted into bedrooms – for staff to sleep in.
The city of San Francisco is investigating as it's a commercial building. pic.twitter.com/Y4vKxZXQhB
— James Clayton (@JamesClayton5) December 7, 2022
As part of his efforts to make Twitter 2.0 a reality, Musk has begun transforming office space into sleeping quarters for his remaining staff.
After completing his Twitter takeover in October, he sent out an email to staff stressing the importance of “long hours at high intensity,” saying only exceptional performance would be acceptable.
However, a former worker has now revealed that Musk sometimes sleeps right in the San Francisco Twitter headquarters. The former worker stated, “It looks like a hotel room.”
On Wednesday, state senator Scott Wiener of California told the BBC: “He’s now making…[workers] sleep at Twitter.”
“It’s clear that he doesn’t really care about people,” Wiener said. “He doesn’t care about the people who work for him.”
The Department of Building Inspection is working hard to guarantee that structures are employed as designed, according to a representative’s disclosure on CBS News.
The Department of Building Inspection stated, “We need to make sure the building is being used as intended.”
When you need something from your boss
The news of “sad little conference-room sleeping quarters at the company’s recently depopulated headquarters” was first reported by Forbes, which noted that the new setup was an improvement over the employee’s makeshift sleeping bag on the floor, which had been shared on Twitter.
The Twitter employee posted on Twitter stating, “When you need something from your boss at elon twitter.”
When you need something from your boss at elon twitter pic.twitter.com/hfArXl5NiL
— Evan Jones (@evanstnlyjones) November 2, 2022
According to Bloomberg, Musk has invited employees from Tesla and his other companies to work at Twitter, “some of whom travel to Twitter for work meetings.”
Patrick Hannan, an employee with the Department of Building Inspection, told the San Francisco Chronicle that the department looked at all complaints and the requirements for residential and commercial structures were different.
Twitter’s remote-working techniques during COVID-19 lockdowns were so successful that, in May 2020 before Musk’s takeover, the company said its workers were free to work from home “forever” if they wished.
However, last month, Musk indicated remote working would end.