Elon Musk respects Twitter’s users’ edict, it seems. Musk tweeted on Tuesday that he will step down as head of Twitter once he finds a suitable replacement. Twitter owner poll followsWhere he asked users if he should step down as chairman of Twitter. More than 57% voted in favor of Musk’s resignation.
“I will resign as CEO as soon as I find someone stupid enough to take the job!” musk chirp to 112.5 million followers on Tuesday. “After that, I will just run the software and server teams.”
More than 17.5 million people voted in Musk’s poll. Twitter as a whole had about 238 million daily users at the end of June.
The billionaire, who is also the chairman of automaker Tesla and rocket maker SpaceX, has a history of reversing decisions soon after they are announced or implemented.
The sudden announcement of his intention to step down from the top job at the embattled social network comes nearly two months after Musk seized power. Under his leadership, Twitter faced mass layoffs, lawsuits from former employees, downturns in spending from advertisers, abrupt policy changes and international outrage after it suspended journalists and other high-profile users. BeforeIn October, it was reported that he was only planning to become CEO for a few months before handing over the reins.
Musk’s time as head of Twitter has so far been peppered with new policies that have sparked a backlash among the platform’s users and advertisers. In October, Twitterwhich allowed users to pay $8 to earn a “blue check” verification. It was soon exploited by trolls, who created accounts impersonating companies like Nintendo and Coke. Perhaps the most famous example of this, pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly saw its stock plunge after a fake account tweeted “We’re excited to announce that insulin is now free.”
He followed it up last week withSeveral publications have been critically covering his leadership, including The Washington Post, The New York Times, and CNN. These were restored after Musk polled users, nearly 59% of whom voted to cancel the immediate suspension.
Twitter also suspended more than two dozen accounts on the site that used publicly available flight information to track the location of private jets. Musk accused the account of providing “assassination coordinates” by tracking the movements of his private jet and linking it to an alleged stalking incident that took place in Los Angeles. The Washington Post reported Sunday that police have not identified the link.
After a series of dramatic policy changes, which Musk appeared to apologize for on Sunday, he promised There will be a vote for all major changes to move on.
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