Elon Musk has tweeted that he plans to resign from his post as Twitter CEO as soon as he finds a “foolish enough” replacement. He added that he would still run the “software and servers teams”, marking another twist in his leadership since taking over in October.
The Tesla founder launched a poll on the site asking users whether he should stay on his position, promising he would “abide by the results”.
By the time the deadline to vote passed on Sunday, 57.5 percent voted for him to go.
Just 20 minutes after he posed the question ‘Should I step down as head of Twitter?’, as the ‘yes’ vote edged ahead, he added: “As the saying goes, be careful what you wish for, as you might get it. “
He added in response to a comment: “The question is not finding a CEO, the question is finding a CEO who can keep Twitter alive.
“No one wants the job who can actually keep Twitter alive. There is no successor.”
Over the weekend Mr Musk caused outrage by banning the promotion of any social media rivals on the platform.
Under these rules, users could have their accounts suspended, locked or deleted if they posted links to their profiles on other social media sites, such as Facebook, Instagram or Mastodon.
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‘No’ won by a landslide, receiving 87 percent of the vote.
Mr Musk took over Twitter on the promise of bringing back freedom of speech and ridding the site of bots and fake accounts.
But his actions have also caused the site to lose a number of advertisers, with concern arising over Mr Musk’s ability to pay back interest on the $13billion (£11billion) debt he took out to purchase it.