Elon Musk apparently respects the decision of Twitter users. Musk tweeted Tuesday that he will step down as head of Twitter once he finds a suitable replacement. Following a survey by Tesla CEO and Twitter ownerasked users if he would step down as head of Twitter. More than 57 percent voted for Musk to resign.
“I will resign as CEO as soon as I find someone stupid enough to take the job!” Musk tweeted Tuesday. “From now on, I’ll just run the software and server teams.”
More than 17.5 million people voted in Musk’s poll. Twitter as a whole had around 238 million daily users at the end of June.
The billionaire, who is also chairman of carmaker Tesla and rocket manufacturer Space X, has a history of undoing decisions shortly after they’ve been announced or implemented.
The sudden resignation from the beleaguered social network came nearly two months after Musk took over. Under his leadership, Twitter has faced massive layoffs, lawsuits from former employees, cutbacks in advertiser spending, sudden policy changes and international outrage after suspending journalists and other high-profile users. PreviousIn October, it was reported that he only planned to be CEO for a few months before handing over the reins.
Musk’s time as head of Twitter has so far been punctuated by new policies that have sparked outrage among platform users and advertisers. In October, Twitter briefly rolled out a feature that allows users to pay $8 to gain “blue tick” verification. It was quickly used by trolls who created accounts impersonating companies like Nintendo and Coke. In perhaps the most famous example, pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly and Co. saw its shares plummet after a fake account tweeted, “We’re excited to announce that insulin is now free.”
Musk followed suit last week.From publications critical of his leadership, including The Washington Post, The New York Times, and CNN. Twitter also suspended more than two dozen accounts that used public 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, linking it to a stalking incident that allegedly took place in Los Angeles. The Washington Post reported on Sunday that police had not identified a link.
He made promises on Sunday after a series of dramatic policy changes, for which Musk apologized. all major changes would be voted on going forward.