On Mondays, employees reported that they returned to work to see rooms at Twitter headquarters had been turned into bedrooms. According to a photograph one employee shared with Forbes magazine, one newly furnished room contained an unmade mattress on what appears to be a queen-sized bed, a wooden bedside table, two office armchairs and bright orange carpeting.
It was reported that there are now “four to eight” beds on each floor of the San Francisco Twitter building.
The employee who spoke to Forbes said: “It’s not a good look, It’s yet another unspoken sign of disrespect. There is no discussion. Just like, beds showed up.”
When Elon Musk purchased the social media platform for $44billion in October, he reduced the number of employees and told the remaining staff they would have to commit to a “hardcore” working culture for “Twitter 2.0”.
He wrote: “Going forward, to build a breakthrough Twitter 2.0 and succeed in an increasingly competitive world, we will need to be extremely hardcore.
“This will mean working long hours at high intensity. Only exceptional performance will constitute a passing grade.”
Now, San Francisco officials wish to inspect Twitter headquarters for building violations, according to a spokesperson, who said they had to “investigate all complaints.”
Patrick Hannan, who is the communications director for the San Francisco department of building inspection, said: “We need to make sure the building is being used as intended.
“There are different building code requirements for residential buildings, including those being used for short-term stays.”
The director also added: “Everyone in San Francisco deserves a safe place to live, work, play and sleep, and no one is above the law.”
Patrick Hannan has said his department now seeking to conduct an on-site inspection and has contacted the Twitter headquarter building manager for more information.
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Elon Musk seems to have taken the news of a building inspection poorly, as he took to Twitter to criticise San Francisco’s Mayor, London Breed, and accused her of failing to focus on the city’s drug problems and seemingly confirmed the existence of the Twitter bedrooms.
He wrote: “So city of SF attacks companies providing beds for tired employees instead of making sure kids are safe from fentanyl. Where are your priorities (London Breed)!?”
The tech billionaire also linked to an article from the San Francisco Chronicle which indicated that a 10-month-old baby had accidentally ingested fentanyl at Moscone Park in the city.
The Mayor’s spokesperson, Parisa Safarzadeh, has said the mayor’s office is currently investigating the matter but “thankfully a fatal incident was avoided thanks to the quick response of (emergency services)”.
Also on the social media platform, Elon Musk is replying to people speaking about the Twitter bedrooms, as he replied with laughing emojis to one person who sarcastically wrote: “BREAKING: Elon Musk is the first person in 70 years to successfully create new housing in San Francisco.”
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Last month, Esther Crawford, Twitter’s director of product management, retweeted a picture of herself on Twitter in an eye mask while lying on the office floor inside a sleeping bag.
She captioned the photograph: “When your team is pushing round the clock to make deadlines sometimes you #SleepWhereYouWork.”
The tweet came after Elon Musk had gotten rid of the company’s work-from-home policy and also told staff he expected 80-hour work weeks, according to reports by Bloomberg.
In November, Elon Musk tweeted that he would be sleeping at the Twitter office “until the org is fixed” but has since deleted the tweet.