Elon Musk has again said he will step down as CEO of Twitter, reiterating an intention he already expressed more than a month ago. The main difference is that he can now claim the decision was due to the results of a Twitter poll.
“I will step down as CEO as soon as I find someone foolish enough to take the job!” Musk tweeted on Tuesday. “After that, I’ll just lead the software and server teams.”
The tweet was a response to a Twitter poll Musk conducted earlier this week, in which he asked if he should step down as the company’s CEO. Over 17.5 million votes were cast, with a 57.5% majority deciding in the affirmative.
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Musk may be acting like he’s following the people’s choice by stepping down, but in reality, that was always his plan. The billionaire has announced his intention to resign back in november, when he told a Delaware court that he intended to cut his time on Twitter and possibly install a new CEO. He then confirmed it via Twitter, writing“I will continue to manage Twitter until it is in a strong position, which will take time.”
Musk had spoken out in defense of his 2018 compensation package at Tesla, which amounted to more than 50 billion dollarspointing out that his role at Twitter was only temporary.
There’s still no indication of exactly when Musk might step down, although apparently he’ll be keeping his claws stuck in Twitter for posting ill-conceived updates and messing up servers. Now we just have to wait and see which poor soul will inherit Musk’s mess and inevitably become the scapegoat for all the problems he created.