As if the new Twitter owner and current CEO, Elon Musk, didn’t have enough issues after laying off approximately three-quarters of the staff, facing a boycott from woke advertisers, and interference from the media and WEF, Musk’s latest foe is the landlord for the building that houses Twitter’s headquarters in San Francisco. Twitter has been sued for failing to pay $136,250 in rent for its headquarters on the 30th floor of the Hartford Building.
According to the lawsuit, the landlord notified Twitter on December 16 that the company would be in default on its lease if it did not remedy the situation within 5 days. The landlord filed suit against the social media company on Thursday in California court.
According to a report by the New York Times, the San Francisco headquarters is not the only Twitter office falling behind on its rent or the only bill to go unpaid. Twitter has also not paid its rent on any of its other global offices in weeks, and the social media platform was sued last month for not paying the bill for two charter flights.
The unpaid flights and missed rent are also only the beginning of Twitter’s troubles. The company has also shut down a data center in Sacramento, canceled janitorial and security services over a pay dispute, and has stopped paying rent altogether on its Seattle office to cut costs. Musk has also consolidated workers at the San Francisco headquarters, in which the company now occupies only 2 floors after closing 4 other floors after its drastic downsize.
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With no janitorial staff and workers crammed in together on 2 floors, conditions are reportedly worsening at the company’s headquarters. Bathrooms have grown filthy, and some workers have reported having to bring their own rolls of toilet paper to the office. The cuts have also affected the budget that staff has access to for operations. Musk has implemented a tactic known as “zero-based budgeting,” which means that all staff and each team are to operate under the assumption that they don’t have a spending budget and that teams should justify costs. Employees have also been instructed to hold off on paying certain vendors and bills and to attempt to negotiate smaller amounts to be due.
The worsening financial troubles come as Twitter is being boycotted by many liberal and woke advertisers that used to financially back the company who have withdrawn their advertising since Musk took over and vowed to return free speech to the platform.
Meanwhile, the WEF, which is backed by the Chinese CCP, has recently encouraged its supporters to use Chinese apps, such as Wechat, instead of Twitter. Mainstream media has also jumped on board and has continuously criticized both Twitter and Musk in an effort to suppress Tesla stock in order to create a margin call for Musk as he struggles to financially keep Twitter afloat.
While Twitter was not a profitable company prior to Musk’s takeover, most of the business’s recent problems have been manufactured by outside facilitators who do not support free speech or Musk’s recent takeover. Despite Musk’s attempts to bring transparency and free speech back to the social media platform by considering stepping down as CEO and releasing the Twitter Files, it is difficult at this time to see how this ends for the struggling company.