Duolingo lays off staff as they shifts toward AI

Duolingo laid off around 10% of its contract workers, the company told CNN Tuesday, as the educational technology app moves to rely more heavily on artificial intelligence.

While not all layoffs were due to the technology, the language learning company let go of some contractors at the end of 2023 to make room for AI-related changes in how content is generated and shared. Duolingo says no full-time employees were involved in the layoffs and that it attempted to find alternate roles for all those being let go before turning to “off-boarding” as a last option.

A virtual language tutor, Duolingo says it has 24.2 million daily active users, 5.8 million paid subscribers and more than 100 available courses, according to the Pittsburgh-based company.