Twitter Users Have Voted For Elon Musk To Resign As CEO
Well, that backfired.
After leaving the decision to remain CEO at Twitter to a public poll, Elon Musk’s fate has seemingly been decided.
With over 17 million voters replying to the poll established by the beleaguered billionaire after a series of bizarre policy changes that angered creators and opened up the company to an unprecedented amount of lawsuits, a majority of 57.5 percent have decided that Musk should stand down as CEO.
Despite claiming that he will “abide by the results” of the public vote — if Musk’s prior history with Twitter polls is anything to go by, there’s really no telling what will happen next.
In the hours since the poll concluded neither Twitter nor Musk have officially commented on the results or announced a successor to the role of CEO, with Musk making an oblique admission of defeat in a Twitter post yesterday.
Those who want power are the ones who least deserve it
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 19, 2022
Nonetheless, Musk’s account has been busily reposting clumsy reporting on the so-called ‘Twitter-files’ — a cache of internal documents that a collective of independent journalists argue prove that Twitter deliberately censored reporting on data that was leaked from Hunter Biden’s personal laptop in 2020.
Ironically, Musk himself has approved the arbitrary account suspensions of multiple journalists who were in turn reporting on a ban received by the Twitter account ElonJet, which used publicly available flight tracking information to share the location of Musk’s private jet.
Is there a lesson in all of this? Perhaps a cautionary tale can be fashioned about the dangers of allowing out-of-touch billionaires to buy their way into executive roles on social media platforms. But as Musk continues to cause chaos not unlike that waged by Donald Trump, who polluted newsrooms and radio stations throughout his presidency, I suspect that many of us simply want this nonsense to cease immediately.