It has been a full year since Elon Musk's takeover of Twitter on October 27 2022, which was met with a mix of excitement and apprehension. The self-proclaimed "free speech absolutist" set out with a bold mission to reshape the platform into a platform-for-all, and dared to do so with a small team.
He debuted his decision-making following his acquisition with a strategic decision to downsize the Twitter workforce, a move that saw more than half (3,700) of the existing team, from developers to moderators, laid off. That number continued on a downward swing as subsequent layoffs continued. One year later, the workforce strength stands at 1,300, according to CNBC.