Twitter Singapore Office Reportedly Shut, Employees Told To Vacate Premises
Twitter has made countless headlines in recent months since Elon Musk took the helm at the company.
In the early hours of Thursday (12 Jan), American technology journalist Casey Newton tweeted that Twitter employees were “walked out” of the Singapore office.
The office also serves as Twitter’s Asia-Pacific headquarters.
According to the journalist, the incident was due to non-payment of rent.
Twitter employees allegedly forced to leave office
On Thursday (12 Jan), rumours swirled that Twitter employees received instructions to vacate the Twitter Singapore office at CapitaGreen along Market Street.
In Mr Newton’s tweet, he shared that landlords had walked employees out of the building.
Business Insider tech reporter Kali Hays later tweeted that the rent for Twitter’s Singapore office was overdue.
Therefore, she claimed that Twitter was evicted. A major landlord has since supposedly taken ownership of the office.
Real estate holding company CapitaLand owns CapitaGreen.
Business Insider reported that Mr Musk paid the past due rent for the Singapore office early on Thursday (12 Jan), Singapore time.
Employees who had to leave the office during the work day said they received instructions to return to work.
Twitter office apparently open under new management
Conversely, Singapore-based Senior BBC journalist Peter Hoskins cited a source that said that Twitter’s Singapore employees had been working from home, which thwarts claims that landlords had walked them out.
According to him, the building reception claimed that Twitter’s office is still open. However, they could not gain access to the floor to confirm it.
MS News visited the CapitaGreen building and understands that the office is still open.
Speaking to MS News, a CapitaLand spokesperson said Twitter has been a tenant of CapitaGreen since 2015, and it remains a tenant of CapitaGreen.
Dozens of Twitter international offices closing
According to Business Insider’s Kali Hays, Twitter is closing or getting evicted from many international offices.
This is apparently due to Elon Musk’s dramatic shrinking of operations and alleged skipping of rental payments.
At least a dozen international offices have reportedly shut, with more possibly closing in the coming weeks.
Some of these offices include those in Hong Kong, the Philippines, Mexico, and Africa.
These closures will also likely lead to a few hundred more Twitter employees losing their jobs.
Since Mr Musk took over two months ago, thousands have already been left the company through layoffs or by choice.
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Featured image adapted from Singapore Economic Development Board and by MS News.