Elon Musk announces his resignation as head of Twitter

JIM WATSON/AFP (FILES) In this February 10, 2022 file photo, Elon Musk gestures as he speaks during a press conference at the SpaceX space base near the village of Boca Chica in South Texas. – On December 15, 2022, Twitter suspended the accounts of more than half a dozen journalists who wrote about the company and its new owner, Elon Musk. Some journalists have tweeted about the Twitter shutdown of the @ElonJet account that tracked the billionaire’s private jet flights and other social media versions of the account. (Photo by JIM WATSON/AFP)


Elon Musk here in Texas on February 10, 2022.

TWITTER – We are no longer a step away from the love story between Elon Musk and Twitter. On Tuesday, December 20, the billionaire announced on Twitter his intention to leave the head of the social network as soon as he “finds someone crazy enough” to replace him, explaining that the billionaire would therefore focus on “software and server commands.”

The owner of the microblogging platform responded to the result of a poll he himself initiated on Twitter on Monday by asking whether he should step down as CEO or not, to which 57% of 17 million voters answered in the affirmative.

If at first he said that he would abide by the results of his poll, then in the last hours Elon Musk sent quite conflicting signals, at first, it seemed, believing that the result was distorted by voting bots.

Less than eight weeks after Twitter took control of the $44 billion social network, the storm is unabated. The company is on the verge of a financial abyss, having lost a number of advertisers due to the risk to brands due to the billionaire’s desire to reduce content moderation.

Earlier in the day, Elon Musk retweeted the results of an opinion poll conducted by the HarrisX Institute with its own sample of platform users, in which 61% of those polled were in favor of retaining him as chief executive officer. .

When it’s all about the polls

“Interestingly, this seems to suggest that we do have a bit of a problem with bots on Twitter,” the platform’s owner responded to the institute’s tweet, which presented the results.

The comment comes after Elon Musk backed up another tweet saying his poll was generated by a bot. He also calculated that any new survey would now be for paid Twitter users.

In the past, the businessman has relied on polls to support controversial decisions, such as reactivating the account of former US President Donald Trump, as well as other users who have been banned.

The outcome of his latest poll initially led to a title boost for Tesla, whose investors are increasingly critical of the attention given to Twitter since the takeover, to the detriment of the automaker, they say.

Several American media, for their part, assured that Elon Musk went in search of a replacement, citing anonymous sources, information that the Twitter owner then denied with a simple mocking smiley on the social network.

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