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Elon Musk Says He’ll Resign As Twitter CEO After Losing Poll

Elon Musk's time as Twitter CEO could be coming to an end after millions of users voted in favour of him stepping down in a poll he posted.

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"I will resign as CEO as soon as I find someone foolish enough to take the job," the billionaire tech executive wrote on Twitter. "After that, I will just run the software & servers teams."


Musk became the head of Twitter in early November after acquiring the company for US$44 billion and dissolving its board of directors.

The majority – more than 10 million votes, which equates to about 57.5% of the total – voted for Musk to step down in the poll he launched on Sunday and closed on Monday. The controversial tech mogul said he would abide by the poll, but continues to speculate that bots may have influenced its results.


HarrisX, a market research and consultancy company, on Tuesday shared its own poll of Twitter users, in which 61% of the voters wanted Musk to remain as CEO. “Interesting. Suggest that maybe we might still have an itsy bitsy bot problem on Twitter..." Musk commented in response.

Musk previously admitted that he already has too much on his plate, being the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX. He said he was actively looking for someone to replace him, though “no one wants the job who can actually keep Twitter alive”.


This isn't the first time that Musk has put divisive decisions related to Twitter up for a vote. He also let users decide whether to reinstate former U.S. President Donald Trump, among other suspended users, back onto the platform. Musk pledged he would submit all future Twitter policy decisions to a vote, but later said the privilege would be exclusive to paying Twitter Blue subscribers. Twitter Blue reportedly has over 140,000 subscribers, as of 15 November.

 
  • Elon Musk's time as Twitter CEO could be coming to an end after millions of users voted in favour of him stepping down in a poll he posted.

  • "I will resign as CEO as soon as I find someone foolish enough to take the job," the billionaire tech executive wrote on Twitter.

  • The controversial tech mogul said he would abide by the poll, but continues to speculate that bots may have influenced its results.

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