Elon Musk recently announced a surprise rebranding of Twitter to a simple ‘X’, which has caused plenty of confusion, memes and backlash from the community. To add some insult to injury, people noticed that Twitter HQ in San Francisco had been intervened by police after Musk apparently tried to remove the Twitter sign from the building. Police have since said that it was a simple misunderstanding.
As reported by The Verge, Musk attempted to remove the Twitter sign from its headquarters at 1355 Market Street in San Francisco yesterday. However, pictures taken at the scene later showed police arriving, leading to plenty of suspicions about what actually happened there. “San Francisco police halted the sign removal shortly after it began,” wrote Justin Sullivan for Getty Images.
It’s unclear why police paused the sign removal, though local law enforcers told The San Francisco Standard that it was all a misunderstanding:
“At approximately 12:39 P.M. officers assigned to Tenderloin Station responded to the area of 10th and Market Street regarding a report of a possible unpermitted street closure. Through their investigation officers were able to determine that no crime was committed, and this incident was not a police matter.”
The Standard added, “Police on the scene said someone with Twitter had a work order to take the sign down but didn’t communicate it with security and the property owner of the building.”
The crane that was originally hired to remove the Twitter sign has since been taken away, leaving a “er” on the incomplete sign where “Twitter” used to be.
Musk hosted a Twitter Spaces conversation yesterday and discussed the matter while he was playing Diablo 4, saying that Twitter’s demolition guy was “cutting the Twitter logo off the building with blowtorches.” As it turns out, the demolition guy was just using an impact driver from Ridgid, one of The Home Depot’s house brands.
Source: The Verge