Tesla and Twitter CEO Elon Musk has promised to step down as Twitter’s CEO. As the billionaire searches for a new CEO to lead the social media platform, privacy advocate Edward Snowden has thrown his name into the hat, stating that he agrees to be paid in bitcoins. “The question isn’t finding a CEO, the question is finding a CEO who can keep Twitter alive“, Elon Musk clarified.
Elon Musk talks about finding a new CEO for Twitter
Elon Musk launched a poll on Twitter over the weekend, asking his 122.3 million followers if he should step down as head of the social media platform. The billionaire added that he would abide by the results of the poll, which found that 57.5 percent of the 17.5 million people surveyed wanted him to step down.
Responding to a comment that he had already chosen a new CEO and would step down as chairman of Twitter, Elon Musk clarified, “No one wants the job that can actually keep Twitter alive. There is no successor“. In another tweet, the Tesla chief explained:
The question is not finding a CEO, the question is finding a CEO who can keep Twitter alive.
Many people urged Musk not to resign. “If Elon Musk steps down from Twitter, I will close my account. He’s the reason I opened it in the first place“, exclaimed one Internet user. “The crowd also chose to crucify Jesus, don’t forget that, Elon Musk. The crowd isn’t always right. LEADERS leaders, they don’t bow down!“, another threw at the billionaire. “Stand up for free speech. The First Amendment needs you“, a third user pointed out.
In November, Musk said in court that he did not want to be the CEO of Twitter, stating, “I expect to reduce my time at Twitter and find someone else to lead Twitter over time“.
Comments from people indicating that they could serve as Twitter’s new CEO also flooded Musk’s tweet. Among those who responded was whistleblower Edward Snowden, a free speech and privacy advocate who lives in exile in Russia after revealing a National Security Agency (NSA) spying program affecting millions of Americans in 2013. He wrote: “I’ll take the bitcoin payment“.
Responding to the question of whether he is “strong enough to be despised“As Twitter CEO, Edward Snowden wrote that Musk’s main problem is that he is “run by right-wing nuts far from what he wanted Twitter 2.0 to be” :
Oh, I think I’ve endured some criticism in the past.
Some people complained that they didn’t see Musk’s poll in time to vote. Many users suspect that most of the voters were bots. “This poll is not fair, I didn’t even see it until the last day because at this time of year, like me, most people are busy getting ready for the holidays and couldn’t even log in, and probably most of the votes on this poll are from made up Dem accounts!” pointed out one user.
Kim Dotcom told Musk: “It’s reckless to launch a poll like this when you are now the deep state’s #1 enemy. They have the largest army of bots on Twitter. They have 100,000 ‘analysts’ with 30-40 accounts all voting against you. Let’s clean house and redo this poll. The majority trust you.“