- Elon Musk disputed a tweet saying that Twitter now has 2,300 “active, working employees.”
- He said Saturday that only 10 people from his other companies were still working at Twitter.
- Some employees from other Musk companies such as Tesla and SpaceX were brought in when he took over.
Elon Musk said Twitter now has about 2,300 “active, working employees” as he dismissed a report that suggested the number of employees was far lower.
“There are ~2,300 active, working employees at Twitter,” he wrote. “There are still hundreds of employees working with confidence and security, along with several thousand contractors.”
CNBC reported Friday that Twitter’s headcount was down to 1,300 active employees, including “fewer than 550 full-time engineers by title,” compared to more than 7,000 before Musk took control. The outlet said the figures were based on internal records it had seen.
CNBC also reported that more than 130 people from Musk’s other businesses worked at Twitter.
Musk also took issue with that number, tweeting that “less than 10 people from my other companies work at Twitter.”
Dozens of Tesla, SpaceX and The Boring Company employees were brought in after he bought the social media company on October 27.
The next day, engineers from Tesla were at Twitter’s headquarters in San Francisco, meeting with Twitter engineers to ask about their work and some technical aspects of the platform, Insider reported.
The tech mogul said he was on his way to “fix” Twitter. His focus on the company has angered some Tesla shareholders, with one calling for Musk to find another CEO for the electric car maker.
Last month, Musk asked Twitter users if he should step down as Twitter CEO, with more than 57% calling for him to go.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) 21 December 2022
However, Musk has yet to announce who will be “stupid enough” to take over as “Chief Twit.“
Twitter and Musk did not immediately respond to requests for comment, made outside normal business hours.
Meanwhile, Musk testified Friday in a civil trial in San Francisco about his August 2018 tweets in which he had claimed he planned to take his car company private with “funding secured.” He is expected to continue his degree on Monday.