I Will Resign As Twitter CEO Once I Find “Someone Foolish Enough” To Take Over – Elon Musk
Elon Musk the billionaire founder of Tesla Inc., says he will resign as Twitter’s chief executive officer (CEO) when he finds someone to replace him.
Musk said this in a tweet on Wednesday morning.
He said he would still run the software and server teams after his replacement is found.
“I will resign as CEO as soon as I find someone foolish enough to take the job! After that, I will just run the software and servers teams,” Musk tweeted.
I will resign as CEO as soon as I find someone foolish enough to take the job! After that, I will just run the software & servers teams.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 21, 2022
The Billionaire had on Monday tweeted a poll on his Verified Twitter account asking tweeps to vote on whether he should step down as Twitter’s CEO.
Musk has pledged to abide by the poll’s results when it ends which saw 57.5 per cent of 17.5 million users vote “yes” to him stepping down from the position.
“Should I step down as head of Twitter? I will abide by the results of this poll” Elon Musk tweeted.
Should I step down as head of Twitter? I will abide by the results of this poll.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 18, 2022
In the past, Musk has used Twitter polls to take decisions including the reinstatement of the account of former US president Donald Trump, and selling Tesla stock to clear his tax bill, among others.
Since buying Twitter and taking over as CEO in late October, the billionaire has been involved in a series of controversies on the ‘blue app.’
After buying the company for $44 billion from its former CEO, Jack Dorsey, Musk began to make controversial changes to its policy and personnel.
He sacked several of Twitter’s top executives and half of the company’s staff immediately after becoming its CEO and announced a stop to remote working for the remaining, lucky employees.
He then gave the remaining staff an ultimatum that they needed to do “extremely hardcore” work or leave, an announcement that saw hundreds or so of the remaining staff quit the company.
Musk further switched gears by introducing a verification policy which compels users to pay at least $8 to get the blue badge.
Although the billionaire said he acquired the social media platform to promote free speech, Musk has become the subject of criticism on the platform since he took over the company.