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Elon Musk: “I will step down as CEO” from Twitter

Elon Musk: "I will step down as CEO" from Twitter
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Elon Musk apparently respects the decree of Twitter users. Musk tweeted on Tuesday that he would step down as Twitter boss once he found a suitable replacement. Below is a poll from the Twitter owner posted sunday in which he asked users if he should step down as Twitter boss. Over 57% voted for Musk’s resignation.

“I will step down as CEO as soon as I find someone stupid enough to do the job!” Musk tweeted to his 112.5 million followers on Tuesday. “After that, I’ll just lead the software and server teams.”

Over 17.5 million people took part in Musk’s poll. Twitter as a whole had about 238 million daily users at the end of June.

The billionaire, who is also the head of automaker Tesla and rocket maker SpaceX, has a history of reversing decisions shortly after announcing or implementing them.

Almost two months after Musk’s takeover comes the abrupt declaration of intent to resign from the top post at the ailing social network. Under his leadership, Twitter faced massive layoffs, lawsuits from former employees, a drop in advertiser spending, abrupt policy changes, and international outrage after it suspended journalists and other high-profile users. In front Musk finalized the deal to buy Twitter in October, he reportedly only wanted to be CEO for a few months before handing over the reins.

Musk’s tenure as Twitter boss has so far been punctuated by new policies that have sparked a backlash from the platform’s users and advertisers. In October Twitter briefly started a function which allowed users to pay $8 to get “Blue Check” verification. It was quickly exploited by trolls who set up accounts posing as companies like Nintendo and Coke. In perhaps the most famous example, pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly saw its stock plummet after a fake account tweeted, “We are pleased to announce that insulin is now free.”

He made up for it last week Ban reporter accounts from publications critical of his leadership, including The Washington Post, The New York Times and CNN. These were restored after Musk polled users, almost 59% of whom voted to lift the bans immediately.

Twitter has also suspended over two dozen accounts on the website that uses publicly available 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 and linked it to an alleged stalking incident in Los Angeles. This was reported by the Washington Post on Sunday from the police didn’t find a link.

After a series of dramatic policy changes, for which Musk appeared to apologize on Sunday, he pledged there would be a vote for any significant changes go forward.

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