Seven weeks and five days after acquiring the platform for $44 billion, Twitter CEO Elon Musk promised his followers that he would step down from his position once he found a replacement.
“I will step down as CEO as soon as I find someone stupid enough to do the job!” Musk tweeted Tuesday night. “After that, I’ll just lead the software and server teams.”
The announcement of the “Chief Twit,” a self-given nickname, follows opinion poll Musk posted over the weekend asking users if he should “step down as head of the company,” to which 57.5 percent of the more than 17.5 million respondents answered “yes.”
“I will stand by the results of this poll,” the billionaire previously said.
Musk’s leadership style at Twitter has been a hotly debated topic among users since acquiring the platform in late October. Within the first week, he fired nearly half of the company’s employees, and several hundred more resigned as Musk promised a “hardcore” work environment under his leadership.
Perhaps the most notable controversy under Musk, however, has arisen over the infamous “Twitter files” — the release of internal company emails and other forms of communication to be more transparent about the platform’s past decisions to monitor and censor users who break his content rules. This week, “part 7‘ of the files have returned focus to Twitter’s role in censoring a 2020 article published by the New York Post Regarding Hunter Biden’s laptop, we’ve come full circle with the first report released earlier this month.
The announcement of the resignation was met with both applause and sadness, as Musk’s transparency on the app has been praised by many conservative leaders. Mercedes blowSenior Fellow of the Conservative Political Action Committee, wrote in response to Musk: “Don’t quit. You are our only hope!”
Other users poked fun at Musk’s reliance on a poll to make the call a few days earlier, a tactic he’s used over the past few weeks to make other key decisions on the platform. Some respondents referred to a poll tweeted by an award-winning rapper Snoop Dogg just hours after Musk’s poll on Sunday, where the artist asked if he should take over the platform.
It’s unclear when Musk plans to step down or if he has successors in mind at this point. However, even if he were to lose the CEO title, he would still play an important role in the company’s decisions while leading software development and server teams, Tuesday’s announcement shows.
news week has reached out to Twitter for comment.
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