At the end of one of the busiest days, that is to say, of his nearly two months at the helm of Twitter, Elon Musk, who bought the company in October for $44,000 million, wrote the following message on the net last Sunday. : “As the saying goes, be careful what you wish for because you just might get it”. Users of the social network wanted him to resign as CEO and it seems that he has achieved, although with a person you will never know. As he announced in a tweet this Tuesday night on the East Coast, his preferred time slot to launch the information bomb, Musk is set to leave office. He would do so “as soon as he finds someone stupid enough to take the job.” “After that, I will only command teams of Software and server [tecnológicos]”, she added.
The tycoon made good on his promise on Sunday to “accept the results” of a poll launched among his more than 122 million followers, which Musk spent at the World Cup final in Qatar and in the company of Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Was. Kushner. In it he asked her: “Should I resign as head of Twitter?” 17,503,391 accounts voted. 57% did so in favor of his resignation.
As soon as I find a fool who can take the job, I will resign as CEO! After that, I’ll just run the software and server teams.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 21, 2022
It all started this morning, with the latest change to the platform’s usage policies, which announced on Sunday that its users can no longer link to Facebook or Instagram, owned by Mark Zuckerberg’s Meta, as well as other platforms such as Mastodon or Truth. Social. The ban drew so much criticism, including from staunch supporters of the second-richest man on the planet, that Musk backed down and famously called a vote.
Once the results were known, things were recorded impasse, On Monday he went on to promote the achievements of his other two pretty girls: electric car maker Tesla and space aeronautics SpaceX. as well as threatening to change the voting system so that only paid users could vote and disseminating the findings of a series of leaks known as twitter files, a series of internal documents detailing how the company handled scandals involving Hunter Biden, the son of President Joe Biden, stemming from his questionable behavior overseas. In addition, he tweeted: “The question is not about finding a CEO, the question is about finding a CEO who can keep Twitter alive.”
Finally, on Tuesday, the day some US media reported on his “active search” for an executive capable of succeeding him and scoffed at the information, he ruled it out. Elephant in the room: He had asked his clients whether or not they wanted him to head the company, and they were blunt in their response.
One of the most frequently used phrases by Musk during these first weeks says: “Vox populi, vox Dei.” The pedagogic expression in Latin (which can be translated as “the voice of the people is the voice of God”) has led them, since their acquisition of Twitter on 27 October, to introduce polls used to make far-right Service has been given. Decisions about corporate management. The most famous occasion was when he reinstated former US President Donald Trump, who was suspended for inciting violence during the attack on the Capitol, on January 6, 2021 (he has so far declined the invitation, as he has no mandate to promote truth). have their own social network).
He also asked when 10 journalists who were expelled a week ago and returned without notice for reporting on an account called @ElonJet that tracks the flights of their private jets should be returned. There were options: immediately or in seven days. the countryside He said there was no time to lose. That decision led to an angry global reaction, with organizations such as the United Nations or the European Union threatening sanctions, as well as associations in defense of press freedom. The latest poll came this Tuesday, when Musk was asked about support for the omnibus legislation, a Democratic initiative currently cooking up in the US Congress that’s projected to cost $1.7 billion for the next year (about 1.3 billion dollars). million votes, 76% said no to investment).
With someone like Musk out, it’s hard to know what impact his resignation as CEO of Twitter would have. Only one thing is clear that he will remain its sole owner: having acquired the company, he will drive it out of the market. If you find “somebody stupid enough to take the job” (so far, some have already applied publicly on social networks), it’s not even easy to guess who “somebody” is going to get based on their performance. How much freedom would I have?
After taking on the technology, the new owner has laid off 70% of the 7,500 employees. The first to file out the exit door were the highest-ranking executives in the company hierarchy. The latest round of 50 layoffs came last Friday.
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