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Elon Musk, the owner of Twitter, confirmed Tuesday night that he will step down as CEO of the company, but only when he finds a replacement. This was the first time he addressed directly to a Twitter poll he conducted this week in which millions of users voted to fire him.
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Musk said in a tweet: “I will resign as CEO as soon as I find someone dumb enough to take the job!
I will resign as CEO as soon as I find someone dumb enough to accept the position! After that, I’ll just run the software and server teams. — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 21, 2022
He also said that after stepping down as CEO, Musk will “run the software and server teams” at Twitter, suggesting he may still have a big influence on how the company makes decisions.
After the poll results were announced, no one talked about it for more than a day. On Monday, after more than 17 million people voted, with 57.5% of them saying Musk should step down, the billionaire CEO did not speak directly about the results. He said future Twitter polls might be open only to people who pay for Twitter Blue, the company’s subscription service.
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Musk’s poll asking users whether he should step down as CEO came after a major backlash over Twitter’s sudden suspension of several journalists covering him, as well as Twitter’s decision to ban and then disable links. to other social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and Mastodon. a fast-growing rival to Twitter that has more than doubled in size since October.
Musk’s brief time as CEO of one of the world’s most influential social media companies has brought about big and sometimes strange changes.
Under his leadership, Twitter fired most of its employees, shut down major advertisers, allowed former President Donald Trump back on the platform after he was banned due to the January 6 Capitol riots, and gave journalists access to internal emails about how Twitter worked before. Musk bought it.
Musk made the remaining employees sign a pledge to work “extremely hard” and stopped enforcing Twitter’s policy against spreading false information about Covid-19.
In just a few days, Twitter introduced a paid verification feature that was quickly abused by fake accounts claiming to be verified by major brands, athletes, and other public figures on the platform.
Musk’s habit of making big product changes based on little more than informal Twitter polls has shown how he handles things on the fly and on the spot. But this method is receiving more and more criticism from Twitter users. Last week, Twitter banned some journalists who wrote about Musk’s decision to permanently ban an account that tracked his plane.
Growing criticism of Musk led to Sunday’s poll, which was a good, if not scientific, vote on how Musk has run the company since he finished buying Twitter in late October.
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