Elon Musk is once again attempting to pass responsibility to the masses by conducting a Twitter poll to ask users if he should step down as the company’s CEO. Apparently leaving important business decisions to an online survey is the hallmark of a business genius.
“Should I step down as Twitter boss?” Musk asked in his tweet on Sunday night. “I will stick to the results of this poll.”
At the time of writing, over 5 million ballots have been cast, of which 58 percent voted Musk out. The survey is scheduled to last 12 hours, so the results should be available on Monday.
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The reinstatement of journalists on Twitter seems conditional and incomplete
While Musk’s lack of popularity may come as a surprise to him, it really shouldn’t be. Last week, the billionaire was booed violently by an audience of thousands while taking the stage at comedian Dave Chappelle’s San Francisco show. Of course, this didn’t help drain his Titan ego.
“As the saying goes, be careful what you wish for, as you may get it.” Musk wrote 20 minutes on the survey, just like your most dramatic toxic ex.
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While Musk’s Twitter poll is a spectacle that will quench his enduring thirst for drama, it’s ultimately meaningless. Musk has previously said he has no intention of continuing as Twitter’s CEO indefinitely. intention to relinquish the role a scapegoat tasked with cleaning up his mess. The survey also gives no indication of a timetable.
So if Twitter users vote for Musk to leave, he can always pull the ripcord while claiming he’s humbly following the will of the people. If Twitter users vote for Musk to stay, he can stay as long as he wants and then step down as Twitter’s much-loved king, making the ultimate sacrifice for a higher calling.
But either way, he’ll be out. So, from a purely utilitarian point of view, this poll could be the best thing Musk has ever done for Twitter.
This isn’t the first time Musk has left business decisions to a Twitter poll. In November the CEO lifted Donald Trump’s suspension after a poll Ask Twitter users to make up their minds.
Musk also conducted a poll last week asking if he should restore the accounts of journalists he had suspended, claiming they had doped him — a claim unsupported by facts. Although a majority of those polled voted to lift the bans, Musk then conducted a second poll, apparently hoping for a different result. This also ensured that he could maintain the bans for at least one more day while the election was underway before lifting them and pretending to follow the will of the people.
UPDATE: December 19, 2022 12:52 PM AEDT This article has been updated with more information on Elon Musk’s history with Twitter polls.
https://mashable.com/article/elon-musk-twitter-poll-resign Elon Musk polls Twitter on whether he should resign as CEO