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Twitter to close Seattle office and faces eviction – GeekWire


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Twitter is reportedly facing eviction at its Seattle office and is asking employees to work from home as the social media giant looks to cut costs under new owner Elon Musk.

The New York Times reported Thursday that Twitter “stopped paying rent at its Seattle office, leading it to face eviction,” citing people familiar with the matter.

Platformer managing editor Zoe Schiffer also reported Thursday that Twitter is closing the Seattle office and asking employees to work from home, citing an email to staff.

Twitter laid off 208 Seattle-based employees earlier this year amid widespread cuts that took place shortly after Musk acquired the company.

Prior to Musk owning Twitter, Seattle was the company’s second-largest engineering hub outside of the San Francisco headquarters. It first set up shop in Seattle in 2012 and is based at the Century Square building in downtown.

The New York Times reported that Musk has slashed nearly 75% of the company’s workforce and is also closing data centers and ending janitorial services to reduce costs. Twitter had around 7,500 employees when Musk took over in October.

After months of legal battles spurred by his attempt to drop out of a planned purchase, Musk — the CEO of Tesla and founder of SpaceX — went ahead with his deal to acquire Twitter for $44 billion.

Musk said earlier this month he plans to find someone to replace him as Twitter’s CEO.


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