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Elon Musk After Twitter Poll Embarrassment: ‘I Will Resign’… But Not Yet

Musk says he will step down as CEO once he finds “someone dumb enough to take the job” after 10 million Twitter users voted for him to resign.

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Elon Musk says he will resign as from twitter CEO after the damning results of a public poll in which he asked users to vote on whether he should stay, but only once he finds “someone dumb enough to take the job.” The move comes after weeks of tumult on the platform sparked by policy changes made at the whim of its new leader, many of them apparently out of personal vendettas. It came to a head over the weekend when Twitter officially banned users from promoting their other social media pages on the site, and then appeared to quietly reverse the policy.

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Musk finally tweeted his response to the poll on Tuesday night, saying: “After that, I’ll just be running the software and server teams..” The survey, which Musk shared on Sunday and promised that “respect the results of”, closed with 17,502,391 votes in total, the vast majority of which were not on his side. In the end, 57.5 percent of users voted for his resignation. As tickets poured in overnight, Musk, who just a week earlier was booed offstage at a Dave Chappelle stand-up show, tweetedAs the saying goes, be careful what you wish for as you just might get it..”

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What Elon Musk’s resignation as CEO would mean for TwitterA cutout of Elon Musk against a blue background with weak calculations, next to a tweet from Myspace Tom

Musk can stick to his promise to abide by the survey results in the most literal sense, but that doesn’t necessarily mean anything will get better for users. The billionaire has taken a tyrannical approach thus far, laying off employees en masse and taking special care to fire those who criticized or opposed him. He has banned journalists who have reported on his actions as the site’s leader and has prohibited users from even mentioning the platform’s competitors in their own attempts to migrate their online communities elsewhere. There is little historical evidence to suggest that Musk will do anything other than install someone to serve as another arm with which to express his impulses.

In responses to the survey and his subsequent tweets, Musk complained about difficulties finding someone to replace him, repeatedly stating that he has no one for the job. “No one wants the job that can actually keep Twitter alive. there is no successor,” the tweeted in one instance. In other cheephe wrote, “The question is not finding a CEO, the question is finding a CEO who can keep Twitter alive..”

there is at least a However, one possible contender that has aroused public interest: Myspace Tom. Tom Anderson, the co-founder of Myspace, has tweeted on Musk several times in the wake of the Twitter poll results with suggestions to throw your own name in the hat, and people seem to be here for it. Perhaps the answer was right under our noses the whole time.

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Source: Elon Musk/Twitter 1, 2, 3, 4, Tom Anderson/Twitter


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