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Elon Musk floated the idea of turning Twitter's San Francisco headquarters into a homeless shelter

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  • Elon Musk has floated the idea of turning Twitter's San Francisco HQ into a homeless shelter.

  • He polled his Twitter followers about the matter on Sunday. Most voted in favour.

  • Musk recently became Twitter's largest shareholder after amassing a 9.2% stake in the company.

Elon Musk has floated the idea of turning Twitter's headquarters in San Francisco into a homeless shelter, saying "no one shows up anyway" at the office.

On Sunday, the Tesla and SpaceX CEO, who recently became Twitter's largest shareholder, posed the question to his Twitter followers in a poll.

Six hours after Musk posted the poll, an overwhelming majority of users had voted in favour of repurposing Twitter's HQ as he suggested: some 91% of the 912,867 votes were cast for "Y."

Musk appeared to be taking aim at Twitter's remote-work policy. In the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey told employees they could work from home indefinitely, even after the pandemic ended.

San Francisco, a wealthy city that is home to several prominent tech companies, has a large population of homeless people. In 2020, there were an estimated 5,200 unsheltered homeless people on San Francisco's streets.

Hours after posting his poll on Twitter's HQ, Musk posted another, this time asking his followers whether they wanted to "delete the w in twitter." The only possible answers to the poll were "Yes" or "Of course."

It emerged last week that Musk had amassed a 9.2% stake in Twitter, making him the company's largest shareholder. Twitter said later that Musk had been appointed to its board.

Musk often polls his followers, sometimes posing serious questions, sometimes not. In recent weeks, he's asked his followers whether or not they believe Twitter "rigorously adheres" to free speech, and whether or not they'd like to be able to edit their tweets.

On Thursday, Musk posted a photo of himself apparently smoking a joint, with the caption: "Twitter's next board meeting is gonna be lit."

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