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Elon Musk hints at moving Twitter HQ to Austin, Texas

Musk stated in November that he had no intentions of moving Twitter HQ to Texas, however, whether these recent hindrances are enough to convince him to change his mind remains to be seen. 

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On Saturday, Elon Musk took part in a Twitter Spaces conference wherein he decried San Francisco's position as a bastion of far-left politics, warning that it could impact the company's ability to fulfill its commitment to free speech. 

Musk's subsequent spat with city leaders over the installation of beds at Twitter's headquarters has many wondering if the billionaire could take the social media giant out of the Bay Area, where it has existed since its founding in 2006, in search of freer pastures. 

As Bloomberg reports, Musk suggested during his hours-long Twitter Spaces appearance that "what is happening is an export of the moral framework of San Francisco to Earth," adding that it was "kind of a big deal and problematic." 

On Tuesday, he called out San Francisco Mayor London Breed over the fact that under her leadership the city had come after him for setting up places for employees to sleep at Twitter HQ while ignoring the real issues residents face.

"So city of SF attacks companies providing beds for tired employees instead of making sure kids are safe from fentanyl. Where are your priorities @LondonBreed!?"

In a statement to Bloomberg, a spokesperson for Mayor Breed reminded everyone that the Department of Building Inspection was just doing their jobs, adding that investigating possible violations is "basic government responsibility."

A representative for the Department added that even something as simple as adding beds for employees to sleep in requires myriad permits and must be done according to the city's building code.

As Insider reports, Musk stated in November that he had no intentions of moving Twitter HQ to Texas, however, whether these recent hindrances are enough to convince him to change his mind remains to be seen. 

If he does decide to pack up and head east, the Lone Star State has made it clear they would welcome Twitter with open arms.

Earlier this year, Gov. Gregg Abbott urged Musk to bring Twitter to Texas, pointing out that his other companies are already based there.

Rancher Jim Schwertner even went so far as to offer Musk 100 acres of land just north of Austin for free if he moved the headquarters there.

At the height of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, Musk fled California, taking his companies with him.

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