Twitter has allegedly stopped paying rent at its San Francisco headquarters as Elon Musk looks to slash costs across the social media giant.

Billionaire Musk has also supposedly mulled not paying severance to the thousands of employees fired since his $44billion takeover of the company in October.

Sources told the New York Times it’s been weeks since rent was pair at both the San Francisco office and Twitter’s offices around the world.

Musk has been quibbling over nearly every penny since he purchased Twitter. In addition to selling off furniture from the company’s San Francisco office, he has refused to pay unpaid travel costs which were wracked up by employees before he took over.

Twitter has reportedly been trying to renegotiate the terms of its lease with the managing company that owns its San Francisco office building, Shortenstein.

But the relationship does not seem to be going well as Shorenstein and other real estate companies the social media company works for have complained to them, according to the Times, though it is unclear what the complaints were about.

In addition to sending its office supplies to auction as a way to save money, the company has also laid off its kitchen staff.

And one of the travel expenses Musk has refused to pay included a $197,725 tab for private flights which were taken the very week he took over the company.

Numerous other travel vendors have also gone unpaid, according to the Times.

The payment over that private charter bill has gone to court in New Hampshire.

Though Musk initially decided that US employees would receive up to two months of pay and one month of severance to comply with labor laws, he is reportedly reconsidering that idea.

Sources said Musk is weighing whether to simply pay for lawsuits over cut severance instead of paying its former employees.

Musk has also already refused to pay out millions to former executives who he said were fired ‘for cause,’ according to the Times.

Musk has also threatened lawsuits against employees who speak with the media or ‘act in a manner contrary to the company’s interest,’ according to internal emails obtained by the Times.

And amidst the ongoing Twitter files Musk has been releasing about the company’s efforts towards free speech form before his acquisition, he warned employees that if they leak new information to the press they will be subject to litigation from Twitter.

‘If you clearly and deliberately violate the NDA that you signed when joining Twitter, you accept liability to the full extent of the law and Twitter will immediately seek damages,’ he wrote in an email to employees, according to Platformer.

Yesterday, Twitter dissolved its Trust and Safety Council, the advisory group of around 100 independent civil, human rights and other organizations.

The company formed the council in 2016 to address hate speech, child exploitation, suicide, self-harm and other problems on the platform.

The council had been scheduled to meet with Twitter representatives on Monday night, but Twitter informed the group via email that it was disbanding it shortly before the meeting was to take place, according to multiple of its members.

The council members, who provided images of the email from Twitter to The Associated Press, spoke on the condition of anonymity due to fears of retaliation. The email said Twitter was ‘reevaluating how best to bring external insights’ and the council is ‘not the best structure to do this.’

‘As Twitter moves into a new phase, we are reevaluating how best to bring external insights into our product and policy development work. As part of this process, we have decided that the Trust and Safety Council is not the best structure to do this,’ the email to members of the council said.

‘Our work to make Twitter a safe, informative place will be moving faster and more aggressively than ever before and we will continue to welcome your ideas going forward about how to achieve this goal,’ said the email, which was signed ‘Twitter.’

The council comprised of various civil rights organizations, academics and other bodies that advocated for safety and advised Twitter as it developed products, programs, and rules, according to a web archive for the page.

The volunteer group provided expertise and guidance on how Twitter could better combat hate, harassment and other harms but didn’t have any decision-making authority and didn’t review specific content disputes.

A Twitter page for the group has been deleted.

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