Twitter reportedly employs just 1,300 full-time employees, of which fewer than 540 are full-time engineers, while the company’s trust and security team has fewer than 20 full-time employees, according to internal records seen(Opens in a new window) by CNBC.
This number of employees means Twitter has lost over 80% of the 7,500 total employees it had before Elon Musk bought the company at the end of October last year. Alongside mass layoffs, Twitter CEO Musk has shut down a massive data center, Twitter’s Seattle office, laid off janitorial and cleaning staff across corporate offices and ended a forever-work-from-home policy that had been rolled out under the former CEO and founder Jack Dorsey.
CNBC also reported that there are about 1,400 non-working employees still on the company’s payroll, many of whom resigned from their positions when Musk issued a pledge in November asking them to commit to “hardcore” work.
The small staffing numbers were knocked down by Elon Musk who tweeted(Opens in a new window) There were roughly 2,300 “active, working employees at Twitter” along with “hundreds of employees working on trust and security.”
He added that less than 10 people from his other companies had gone to work at Twitter, contradicting the same CNBC report that claimed 130 people from companies including Tesla, SpaceX and The Boring Company worked at Twitter.
Earlier this week, Tweetbot and Twitterific were shut down after Twitter updated its developer agreement(Opens in a new window) to officially prohibit third-party customers from using the company’s licensed materials to “create a substitute or similar service.”
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The move came after days of silence from the company among third-party clients that broke after Twitter restricted use of its API.
There hasn’t been any direct word from the social media company about why the decision was made, but CEO Elon Musk has tried to make sure third-party apps generally don’t show ads, so any revenue Twitter earns from them is minimal.
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