Twitter suspends rent payments and blocks journalists’ accounts

The news on Twitter doesn’t stop. After Elon Musk took over the news service, thousands of employees were initially laid off. But apparently the billionaire wants to save even more costs, and Twitter is said to have not paid rent for weeks heise reported with reference to the New York Times. Non-payment of rent is said to affect San Francisco headquarters and offices around the world.

Save money at all costs

Furthermore, internal discussions allegedly took place on the effects of the non-payment of the severance indemnities agreed upon for the respective employees. Additionally, the Twitter headquarters’ furniture, electronics, and kitchen appliances will be auctioned off in January. Business trips approved prior to the Musk takeover are said to no longer be paid for.

Musk is also said to have given the remaining employees an ultimatum regarding a non-disclosure clause. Anyone who did not declare by last Saturday that they understood the obligation was excluded from the internal system.

Termination of journalists’ account

The daily news now that Twitter has blocked several accounts of journalists who have reported critically on the platform. Including reporters from the New York Times, Washington Post and CNN.

An affected account has posted the tracking of Musk’s private jet using publicly available data. As a result, Twitter changed the platform’s rules and prohibited the sharing of an individual’s current location data without their consent. Musk justified this change with a stalking case involving his family in Los Angeles.

The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned about the developments. The federal government also criticized Twitter and tweeted that freedom of the press shouldn’t be turned on and off at will.

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