At the end of one of his busiest days, nearly two months at the helm of Twitter, Elon Musk, who bought the company in October for $44,000 million, wrote the following message on the social network last Sunday: “As the saying goes, be careful what you wish for. Because you might get it.” Users of the social network wanted him to step down as CEO and that’s exactly what they seem to have achieved, though with The Man You Never Know. As he announced in a tweet on Tuesday night on the East Coast, which is his favorite time to launch information bombs, Musk is ready to leave office. He will do so “as soon as he finds someone stupid enough to take the job”. “After that, I’ll just drive teams software and servers [tecnológicos]”, he added.
And so the billionaire fulfilled his promise to “accept the results” of a poll he took among his more than 122 million followers on Sunday, which Musk spent in Qatar in the World Cup final in the company of Jared, Donald Trump’s son-in-law. Kushner. In it, he asked them: “Should I resign as president of Twitter?” 17,503,391 accounts have been voted on. 57% did so in favor of his resignation.
I will resign as CEO as soon as I find someone stupid enough to take the job! After that, I’ll just run the software and server teams.
– Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 21, 2022
It all started in the morning, with the latest change in the platform’s usage policies, which announced on Sunday that its users can no longer link to Facebook or Instagram, which is owned by Mark Zuckerberg dead, as well as other platforms such as Mastodon or Truth Social. The ban drew so much criticism, including from loyal supporters of the second richest man on the planet, that Musk backtracked and called for a vote.
Once the results are known, things get entered Impasse. On Monday, he went on to promote the accomplishments of his two other pretty girls: electric car maker Tesla and space aeronautics SpaceX. Also in threatening to change the polling system so that only paid users can vote and in broadcasting the results of the series of leaks known as Twitter files, a series of internal company documents on how the company handled scandals involving Hunter Biden, the son of President Joe Biden, stemming from his shady dealings abroad. Additionally, he tweeted: “The question isn’t finding a CEO, the question is finding a CEO who can keep Twitter alive.”
Finally, on Tuesday, the day some US media reported his “active search” for a capable executive to succeed him and scoffed at that information, he ruled out The elephant in the room: He has asked his clients if they want him at the helm of the company or not and they have been blunt in their response.
“Vox populi, vox Dei,” says one of the phrases most used by Musk during the first weeks in the introduction. His Latin pedantry (which can be translated as “the voice of the people is the voice of God”) has helped him deliver the polls he’s been using to far-reaching results, ever since his acquisition of Twitter on Oct. 27. Decisions about corporate governance. The most famous occasion was when former US President Donald Trump, who was arrested for inciting violence during the attack on the Capitol on January 6, 2021 (he has so far declined the invitation, since he has his own social network to promote, brought back the truth).
He also asked when the 10 journalists who were fired a week ago and without warning for reporting on an account called ElonJet, which tracks their private jet flights, will return. There were options: immediately or within seven days. the city He said there was no time to lose. This decision caused an angry global reaction, which included organizations such as the United Nations or the European Union, which threatened to impose sanctions, as well as associations defending press freedom. The latest poll came on Tuesday, when Musk asked about support for the Omnibus Act, a Democratic initiative being prepared these days in the US Congress, which projects spending $1.7 billion for next year (with nearly 1.3 million votes, 76% said no to the investment).
With someone like Musk, it’s hard to know the implications, if any, of his resignation as CEO of Twitter. The only thing that is clear is that he will remain its sole owner: after taking over the company, he excludes it from the market. If you find “someone stupid enough to take the job” (so far, few of them have already applied publicly on the social network), it is also not easy to guess how much freedom “someone” has in his performance.
After he got to the technology, the new owner got rid of 70% of the 7,500 employees. The first to step out the exit door were the highest-ranking executives in the company hierarchy. The latest round of 50 layoffs came last Friday.
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