Twitter owner Elon Musk confirmed Tuesday night that he will step down as CEO of the company, but only if he has identified a successor, first directly addressing a poll. on Twitter that he created this week in which millions of users voted for him.
in one tweetMusk said he would resign “as soon as I find someone stupid enough to take the job!”
He added that after stepping down as CEO, Musk will “run the server and software teams” at Twitter, suggesting he can continue to have significant influence on the company’s decision-making.
The announcement comes after more than a day of silence about the poll following its results. On Monday, after more than 17 million users voted – 57.5% of them said Musk should step down – the billionaire only addressed the results indirectly. He suggested that future Twitter polls might be restricted to paid users of Twitter Blue, the company’s subscription service.
Musk’s poll asking users whether he should step down as CEO comes after a backlash against Twitter. Sudden suspension of some journalists his protector, as well as Twitter’s decision ban, and then unblock, links to other social media platforms including Facebook, Instagram and Mastodon, a fast-growing Twitter rival that has doubled since October.