Twitter CEO Elon Musk said Tuesday that he is going to step down from his role at the company.
Musk’s announcement comes after he conducted a poll at the start of the week asking Twitter users if he should “step down as head of Twitter.”
“I will abide by the results of this poll,” Musk said at the time.
The poll, which last 12 hours, garnered 17,502,391 votes, with 57.5% voting “yes” that Musk should step down while 42.5% voted “no.”
Musk gave an update on the matter Tuesday night, saying that he will step down once he finds someone else to run Twitter and that he will focus on the software and hardware at the company.
“I will resign as CEO as soon as I find someone foolish enough to take the job!” he tweeted. “After that, I will just run the software & servers teams.”
I will resign as CEO as soon as I find someone foolish enough to take the job! After that, I will just run the software & servers teams.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 21, 2022
The poll from Musk comes after he faced backlash during the World Cup on Sunday after the company put out a statement saying that it was going to ban users from being able to promote their other social media accounts on other platforms.
“Going forward, there will be a vote for major policy changes,” Musk tweeted. “My apologies. Won’t happen again.”
The policy was issued in a blog post that the company posted on the site during the World Cup, an indicator that it knew the news would not be well received, thus the attempt to bury it in the news cycle.
“We recognize that many of our users are active on other social media platforms. However, we will no longer allow free promotion of certain social media platforms on Twitter,” the company said in a statement. “Specifically, we will remove accounts created solely for the purpose of promoting other social platforms and content that contains links or usernames for the following platforms: Facebook, Instagram, Mastodon, Truth Social, Tribel, Nostr and Post.”
The company said that it would “remove any free promotion of prohibited 3rd-party social media platforms, such as linking out (i.e. using URLs) … or providing your handle without a URL” to the aforementioned platforms or to “3rd-party social media link aggregators such as linktr.ee, lnk.bio.”
“Additionally, any attempts to bypass restrictions on external links to the above prohibited social media platforms through technical or non-technical means (e.g. URL cloaking, plaintext obfuscation) is in violation of this policy,” the statement continued. “This includes, but is not limited to, spelling out ‘dot’ for social media platforms that use ‘.’ in the names to avoid URL creation, or sharing screenshots of your handle on a prohibited social media platform.”
The statement said that cross-posting from other platforms is not in violation of the policy, including from the sites that were listed. The company said that it would allow people to pay to promote their social media accounts on other platforms.
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