Elon Musk suggests turning Twitter HQ into a homeless shelter in strange poll

The world's richest man and the new majority Twitter shareholder, Elon Musk, presented his followers on the platform with a series of controversial polls on Saturday.

The CEO of Tesla – who bought a 9.2 percent stake in Twitter earlier this week – began by asking whether or not he should convert the social media company's Silicon Valley headquarters into a shelter for the homeless, before suggesting removing the letter 'w' in Twitter.

In the first post, billionaire businessman Musk appeared to criticise the company's lax remote working policies, saying he came up with the idea "since no-one shows up anyway".

Up to now, the results of the 24-hour poll suggests an overwhelming level of support for the prospective plan – with an incredible 91.1 percent of respondents voting in favour.

The second tweet about the removal of the letter 'w' saw Musk provide two options without no as an answer. 55.8 percent said 'yes' and 44.2 percent voted 'of course'.

Twitter – who offered staff the option of working from home "forever" during the Covid-19 pandemic – reopened its offices on March 15, with remote working still remaining an option.

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Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal wrote in a note to employees: "It’s been almost two years since we closed our offices and travel and I’m excited to announce that we’re ready to fully open up business travel and all our offices around the world!

"Business travel is back effective immediately, and office openings will start on March 15.

"Our top priority since the beginning of the pandemic has been to keep you all safe and this will continue.

"Now we are returning to a stage where you’re living your lives, adjusting to local health guidelines, and deciding what works best for you.

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"So, the decisions about where you work, whether you feel safe travelling for business, and what events you attend, should be yours,' the exec added, in a sentence this time set in bold.

"As we open back up, our approach remains the same.

"Wherever you feel most productive and creative is where you will work and that include working from home full-time forever.

"Office every day? That works too. Some days in the office, some days from home? Of course."

However, Agrawal warned that distributed working will be "much, much harder" and said the new policy will bring "lots of challenges".

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He then spoke of the advantages of having employees in the same physical space where they can experience the "company culture".

The CEO then provided a signoff that seemed hopeful of staffers' desire to return to in-person work.

"I look forward to seeing you all back at the office or perhaps at an event, somewhere in your home city, or mine?"

It was announced this week that Musk, the wealthiest man in the world, purchased a 9.2 percent stake in Twitter, making him the platform's largest shareholder. It was also announced that he would be joining the company's board of directors.

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After submitting the regulatory filing Tuesday, Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal announced Musk's board membership on the social media, alleging the billionaire brings 'great value' to the company.

"I'm excited to share that we're appointing @elonmusk to our board! Through conversations with Elon in recent weeks, it became clear to us that he would bring great value to our Board,' Agrawal wrote.

"He's both a passionate believer and intense critic of the service which is exactly what we need on @Twitter, and in the boardroom, to make us stronger in the long-term. Welcome Elon!'"

Musk responded to the CEO, saying: "Looking forward to working with Parag & Twitter board to make significant improvements to Twitter in coming months!"

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