- Elon Musk disputed a tweet and said 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 staff from other Musk companies such as Tesla and SpaceX were brought in when he took over.
Elon Musk said that Twitter now has about 2,300 “active, working employees” as he rejected a report suggesting the headcount was far lower.
“There are ~2300 active, working employees at Twitter,” he wrote. “There are still hundreds of employees working on trust & safety, along with several thousand contractors.”
CNBC reported on Friday that Twitter’s headcount was down to 1,300 active employees, including “fewer than 550 full-time engineers by title,” compared with more than 7,000 before Musk took control. The outlet said its 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 figure, tweeting that “less than 10 people from my other companies are working at Twitter.”
Dozens of Tesla, SpaceX, and The Boring Company employees were brought in after he acquired the social media company on October 27.
The next day engineers from Tesla were at Twitter’s San Francisco headquarters, 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 a trajectory 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 polled Twitter users on whether he should step down as Twitter CEO, with more than 57% telling him to go.
—Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 21, 2022
However, Musk is yet to announce who will be “foolish enough” to take over as “Chief Twit.“
Twitter and Musk didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment, made outside normal working hours.
Meanwhile, Musk testified on Friday in a civil trial in San Francisco about his tweets in August 2018, in which he’d claimed he planned to take his car company private with “funding secured.” He is expected to continue his testimony on Monday.