Twitter users, 17.5 million of them have voted in a 12-hour poll Musk posted on Sunday afternoon. Almost 58% want Musk to step down as CEO. There has been no word this morning from Musk in regards to this poll. However, he did tweet a ‘warning’ shortly after posting the poll (which was already overwhelming ‘Yes’) about what would happen if he goes.
Should I step down as head of Twitter? I will abide by the results of this poll.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 18, 2022
It remains to be seen if (and how, and when) Musk will abide by his poll, as he has yet to issue any comment about the results. Shortly after publishing the vote (and when it was already tilting toward “Yes”), he tweeted “as the saying goes, be careful what you wish, as you might get it.” In a reply to another user on the same thread, he added that “no one wants the job who can actually keep Twitter alive. There is no successor.” During the poll, Musk was seen at the World Cup in Qatar with former White House adviser Jared Kushner, live-tweeting the final between France and Argentina.
A massive backlash ensued, prompting an apology from Musk, who also tweeted that “going forward, there will be a vote for major policy changes.” Then, in yet another poll yesterday, @TwitterSafety asked users whether it should “have a policy preventing the creation of or use of existing accounts for the main purpose of advertising other social media platforms.” The “No” votes currently command a 87 percent share from 224,365 users with 14 hours remaining.
“No successor” would seem to mean if Musk’s goes Twitter goes too. Musk is partially correct about “no one wants the job”, except at this point it is more of ANY job at Twitter. Of all the ways Twitter could end, this is not a scenario people saw coming. Stay tuned!