This drama took months to unfold initially. The hostile takeover of Twitter by Elon Musk seemed to move at a snail space before it was finalized. But just weeks into taking the CEO position on the social media platform, he announced that he will step down after the users on Twitter voted for him to pass the baton.
Musk himself, ran a Twitter poll on December 18 asking users whether he should “step down as head of Twitter.”
The vote came in with 17.5 million users responding to his questions. A total of 57 percent said “yes” he should step down and 42.5% said “no.”
Musk did not respond to the poll’s results for a number of days, but finally, he went public saying that he will abide by the results of the vote. He has done the same thing with the results of previous decisions he left up to users. This is his way of using Twitter as a form of direct democracy. Another example what asking whether or not he should reinstate Donald Trump’s account.
In a Tweet on Tuesday evening, Musk announced that he “will resign as CEO.” But this move depends on him finding “someone foolish enough to take the job.” Musk also said that he will continue working on Twitter’s innards as head of the company’s software and servers teams.
“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,” Musk wrote.
This announcement comes at the same time he is working with independent journalists to release the “Twitter Files.” This process reveals how Twitter formed a relationship with the FBI, Pentagon, and Democrats. They used their influence for the censorship of users.
There was a huge outcry from conservatives about Musk’s announcement to resign. Many wanted assurance that Twitter would not go back to its “woke” ways.
Should I step down as head of Twitter? I will abide by the results of this poll.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 18, 2022