Twitter’s Singapore office, which serves as the company’s Asia-Pacific headquarters, was closed abruptly today (January 12), reported Bloomberg.
Staff were informed via email that they had until 5pm to vacate the CapitaGreen building and resume their duties remotely starting the next day. This move comes as the company’s new owner, Elon Musk, continues to cut expenses worldwide.
According to sources familiar with the matter, Singapore-based staff have now been reassigned as remote workers within the company until further notice. The closure of the Singapore office is a significant blow for the region, which has already been hit hard by deep and abrupt job cuts since Musk took over the San Francisco-based firm.
This is not the first time that Musk’s cost-cutting efforts have caused controversy. The company was sued last month by the landlord of its San Francisco offices for not paying rent on its global headquarters.
Casey Newton of Platformer first tweeted about the Singapore office clearout, citing failure to pay rent on the facility as the reason for the closure.
In addition to the closure of the Singapore office, the company also let go of Nur Azhar Bin Ayob, who had been the head of site integrity for the region, and a relatively recent hire. This further highlights the company’s efforts to cut costs and streamline operations under its new ownership.
While Twitter has yet to comment on the situation, a representative from CapitaLand confirmed that Twitter is still a tenant at the CapitaGreen location, but did not provide additional information.
The closure of the Singapore office is a significant blow for the region and for the employees who were impacted by this sudden decision. It remains to be seen how this move will affect the company’s operations in the Asia-Pacific region and how it will continue to serve its users in the region.
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