Twitter’s mercurial new boss could be out the door after less than two months on the job if the results of a Twitter poll go against him.
Elon Musk tweeted one Poll On Sunday night, people are asking to vote on whether he should step down as Twitter’s CEO. Musk said he would follow the results of the poll.
As of Sunday night, “Yes” won by a margin of 58% to 42%.
In several follow-up tweets, Musk hinted that he was serious about leaving and made a vague threat about Twitter’s future if he is voted out.
“As the saying goes, be careful what you wish for, because you might get it,” Musk tweeted.
Since buying Twitter for $44 billion and taking over as CEO in late October, Musk has bounced from one controversy to the next.
A short and incomplete summary:
– Musk immediately laid off several top managers and laid off about half of Twitter’s employees.
– He then gave an ultimatum to the remaining employees that they must do “extremely hard” work or leave – and another thousand or so employees walked out the door.
– Musk has fired employees who openly disagreed with him and publicly named and shamed former employees who engaged in difficult moderation discussions as part of the ongoing “Twitter Files.”
– Musk has also started, stopped and restarted a revised verification system that costs $8 for a blue check and initially led to widespread account spoofing.
– Musk has frequently changed Twitter’s rules by executive fiat and without notice, and has banned people who violate the new rules — including several tech journalists and an account that tracked his jet. Musk had once tweeted that allowing the ElonJet account to remain on Twitter demonstrated his commitment to free speech on the platform.
– He has waded deep into the culture wars, allowing back some of the platform’s permanently banned accounts, including former President Donald Trump and many people who had engaged in misinformation, conspiracy theories or hate speech.
Meanwhile, brands have been removing advertising from Twitter left and right. Musk has often stated that Twitter’s finances are miserable.
In response to a tweet on Sunday in which MIT artificial intelligence researcher Lex Fridman said he would take the CEO job, Musk suggested he hasn’t been entirely happy with his new gig.
“You must like pain a lot,” Musk tweeted, noting that the company “has been on the fast track to bankruptcy since May.”
Still, Musk denied he has a new CEO in mind.
“No one wants the job that can actually keep Twitter alive. There is no successor,” Musk tweeted. “The question is not finding a CEO, the question is finding a CEO who can keep Twitter alive.”