Elon Musk says he will eventually step down as CEO of Twitter
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(Pocket-lint) – Elon Musk’s Twitter ownership issues show no signs of abating, but there was an unusually long delay before the billionaire acknowledged the results of his major leadership poll.
This public poll asked all users whether or not to opt out, and the vote to get rid of it won with a 57.5% share of the results.
It took more than a day for Mr. Musk to respond directly to the results and confirm that, as he had promised, he would comply with them, but with new reservations immediately added.
I will step down as CEO as soon as I find someone crazy enough to take the job! After that, I will just manage the software and server teams
– Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 21, 2022
First, he will retain control of the “software and server” teams, with the former comprising a huge proportion of Twitter’s staff given that it is a software-only company.
Second, as funny as it sounds, calling potential candidates “idiots” might seem to some observers to discourage people from seeking the job.
All of this portends a potentially long false interregnum – Musk will remain in sole charge, with the promise of an eventual handover whose timing is deliberately vague, and the constant possibility of backtracking if he chooses.
After all, the court of public opinion may be a thing, but a Twitter poll is still far from a legally binding pledge in reality.
Written by Max Freeman-Mills.