On Dec. 3, 2023, a Facebook post shared an article from SpaceXMania claiming that Elon Musk was shifting the headquarters of X (formerly Twitter) from Silicon Valley in California to Texas, saying, “I’d rather eat dirt than live in ‘woke’ California.”
The article, published a month before on Nov. 2, 2023, stated that his decision to move his company was part of a broader debate about California’s “woke” culture and progressive politics, as well as Texas' "favorable" tax environment:
Musk’s recent clash with Twitter over freedom of speech and content moderation played a pivotal role in this decision. Musk’s views on free speech have put him at odds with social media platforms, which are headquartered in California. By moving X Corp to Texas, he aims to distance himself from the perceived “woke” culture in Silicon Valley and regain control over the platform’s policies.
The term “woke” has been at the center of numerous debates in recent years. It is often used to describe a heightened awareness of social and political issues, particularly in the realms of racial and social justice. Critics argue that this culture can sometimes lead to excessive political correctness and censorship, stifling open dialogue and freedom of expression. Musk’s decision to relocate X Corp to Texas is, in part, a response to this culture.
Austin and the broader Texas area have become attractive destinations for tech talent. As a result, X Corp is likely to have access to a pool of skilled professionals who can contribute to the development of its super app concept.
X Corp will also need to adapt to Texas’s regulatory environment, which differs from California’s. This transition may require adjustments in the company’s policies and practices, including those related to privacy, labor laws, and more.
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The article was published before Musk’s controversial post on X in which he was accused of propagating anti-semitic views. Though he apologized, some companies pulled their advertising from the platform, and Musk generated more controversy by telling companies like Disney where to go, using an expletive.