Elon Musk confirms he is stepping down as CEO of Twitter
“I will step down as CEO as soon as I find someone stupid enough to do the job. After that, I will just lead the software and server team,” Musk wrote on the morning of Dec. 21.
On Dec. 18, the American billionaire also said he couldn’t pick the right person to run Twitter because “nobody wants real work to support Twitter without a successor.” In his opinion, “those who want power least deserve it”.
He previously conducted a poll on social media about whether he should step down as CEO of Twitter. Almost 60% of the more than 17 million participating accounts agree. He stated that he “respects the poll results”.
However, the American billionaire hinted at the manipulation of polls by bots. On December 19, just as the poll had ended, Kim Dotcom, owner of MegaUpload, was once arrested for running a website specializing in pirated content distribution, saying Musk was “not smart about running one conduct such a survey, especially when he is still an enemy of many.” nation.”
“They have the biggest bot army on Twitter,” Musk replied.
“Let’s delete the poll and retry it,” Dotcom continued. He also hopes the next poll will actually be a “bottle of honey to catch all the bots” and then “kill them all in one fell swoop”.
“Interesting,” Musk tweeted. This is also the content he responded to on December 19 after being asked, “Did bots affect Elon’s poll yesterday?”
On the same day, Boss’s Unfiltered account noted that “only Twitter Blue subscribers may participate in political opinion polls.” Musk replied, “Great idea. Twitter will make these changes.”
Twitter has brought back the Twitter Blue paid feature. Users need to pay $8 per month to get more priority on the platform, iOS users need to add $3. It’s one of the big changes since Musk took over the platform in late October.
Under the excuse that there were too many bots on Twitter, the US billionaire had once refused to buy the social network in the middle of the year. He estimated the number of bots and fake accounts on the platform at over 20 percent, but data released by his team in September showed a much lower percentage. Back then, Twitter had always claimed that the proportion of bots on the platform was only around 5%.