Less than two months after purchasing the social media network for $44 billion, Elon Musk appeared set to step down as Twitter’s CEO on Monday after more than 10 million users voted for him to do so.
The Tesla billionaire had surveyed followers late on Sunday, asking if they thought he should resign as Twitter’s CEO and promising to follow the poll’s results.
Just before 6:20 am ET, the polls closed, and 57.5% of voters wanted him to go.
More than 10 million users wanted Twitter to be run by someone other than the second-richest man in the world, according to the more than 17.5 million votes cast in the online poll.
Musk did not respond to the poll’s findings right away. However, he had already asserted that no one was prepared to take his place.
Should I step down as head of Twitter? I will abide by the results of this poll.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 18, 2022
“No one wants the job who can actually keep Twitter alive. There is no successor.” He also said, “be careful what you wish, as you might get it.”
Lex Fridman, a podcaster, offered to take the position, but Musk rebuffed him, saying, “You must like pain a lot.”
“You have to invest your life savings in Twitter, and it has been headed for bankruptcy since May,” he continued, “Still want the job? ”
There were other people interested in the demanding job in addition to ridman, who offered to manage the website for free so that he could concentrate on outstanding engineering and spreading love.
Rapper Snoop Dogg also conducted a survey of his 20.8 million fans, asking, “Should I run Twitter?” The results showed that 81.7% of those who voted wanted him to become the new Twitter CEO.
Musk took over as “Chief Twit” after firing former CEO Parag Agrawal shortly after he purchased the social media company in late October when he was in Qatar to witness the World Cup final.
It marked the beginning of a period of radical change at the publication, during which the new editor fired roughly half the staff and exposed underhanded activities there, including the site’s submission to federal pressure and the old management’s censorship of The Post’s reporting on Hunter Biden’s laptop.
Up to his vote on Sunday, he had continued to engage in conflict with users on a number of fronts, including those involving the suspension of a number of journalists and a policy change that forbade posting content that contained links to or usernames for competing platforms.