Twitter has asked its staff members in the Singapore office to vacate the building as of Wednesday night. According to media reports, this comes after a payment of rent, which was later resolved by Thursday afternoon.
Bloomberg also said that Twitter staff in Singapore were asked to vacate via email, and resume work remotely from Thursday. The report added that Singapore-based staff have been reassigned as remote workers within the internal systems in Twitter.
Meanwhile, just last week Twitter’s Singapore team saw cuts being made on the company’s trust and safety team, handling global moderation. Similar cuts were made in the Dublin office. This wasn’t the first major layoff to impact Twitter employees in Singapore. Last November, several members across engineering, sales and marketing teams also exit the company.
The layoffs came shortly after Twitter’s new chief executive officer, Elon Musk, announced plans to eliminate about half the company’s global workforce in an attempt to bring costs down. This came very soon after Musk acquired the social media company for US$44 billion last year in October. Musk has since overseen the departure of about 5,000 of Twitter's 7,500 global workforce.
Ironically, while Twitter employees are now reportedly part of its remote workforce, the Tesla boss on the other hand has asked many Tesla employees to return to offices. Last June, Musk asked for employees to return to the office or leave the company. The outspoken CEO also shared that while some exceptions could be made, he will need to personally review and approve the requests himself. He added that the “office” must be a main Tesla office rather than a remote branch office which are unrelated to the job duties.