Twitter is facing a new lawsuit as it has been accused of non-payment for services rendered to its offices in London, Dublin, Sydney, and Singapore. Facilitate, an infrastructure company based in Sydney, is pursuing a collective payment of over A$1 million ($666,000) for outstanding payments dating back to October of the previous year when Elon Musk acquired Twitter.
As per the documents obtained by the Guardian, Facilitate provided sensor installation in London and Dublin, office fit-out in Singapore, and decommissioned Twitter’s Sydney office while temporarily storing its contents.
According to the business, the total amount owed to them is A$61,318, SGD$546,596, and £203,115.
The Twitter lawsuit, filed in the US district court of Northern California at the end of June, was first reported by NCA Newswire.
The firm says that after Musk took over Twitter, the social media company did not dispute the invoices but has simply not paid them. Facilitate is seeking damages and costs. Twitter has not yet filed a defence.
Facilitate notes in the court filings that it is not the sole company suing Twitter since Musk took over. The firm said Musk’s moderation decisions and the unbanning of far right and neo-Nazi accounts had alienated advertisers and caused a financial crisis for the company.
“Twitter responded with a campaign of extreme belt-tightening that amounted to requiring nearly everyone to whom it owes money to sue,” the firm said.
“Twitter stopped paying rent on some of its offices and stopped paying several vendors whose services it was still using. They also cancelled many contracts and stopped paying people to whom it owes money.”
Elon Musk’s company has already faced lawsuits over its alleged failure to pay rent on offices across the globe.
There has also been speculation that the company’s decision to limit users who weren’t paying for the service to seeing just 600 posts a day last week was a result of Twitter failing to pay the bills for services to keep the site up and running smoothly. Musk says the limit is to prevent data scraping.
As part of the massive layoffs at Twitter after Musk’s takeover late last year, the company no longer has a press department. A request for comment on the case sent to the former contact email received a poop emoji as the auto-reply