Billionaire Elon Musk has announced that he will resign as chief executive at Twitter when he finds someone “foolish” enough to replace him. Musk tweeted Tuesday that he was searching for a replacement but did not give a timeline.
Musk’s tweet came two days after launching a poll on the social media network. Most respondents voted for Musk’s ouster. Musk will continue to be the ultimate decision-maker and owner of the company, even if a new CEO is hired.
Musk stated this in a tweet. He said he would “just run the software & servers teams.” Musk told Twitter employees last month that Twitter would be “a software and server company” under his control. He was criticized for suspending several journalists’ Twitter accounts.
The billionaire then took to Twitter Sunday to ask: “Should I step down as head of Twitter? I will abide by the results of this poll.” The poll was unscientific and reflected the opinions of 17 million people. Nearly 58% supported Musk’s resignation as CEO.
Musk tweeted, “As the saying goes, be careful what you wish, as you might get it,” after launching the poll. Musk previously stated that he never intended to remain CEO of Twitter, but Tuesday’s tweet comes amid renewed scrutiny about his ability to lead the social media giant.
The company has seen erratic and chaotic decisions since Musk took control of Twitter in October. Musk has run Twitter on his whims. He has made many decisions, including laying off over half the staff and reinstating the account belonging to former President Trump.
There are few checks on his decisions. Since Musk assumed the reins, nearly all of Twitter’s top executives have been fired or quit.