On December 19, Elon Musk posted a poll on his Twitter account asking the public “Should I step down as head of Twitter? I will abide by the results of this poll.”
After the poll closed, the results showed that 57.5% of those who voted, around 10 million people, said he should step down.
Should I step down as head of Twitter? I will abide by the results of this poll.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 18, 2022
Today, Musk finally replied to his own Tweet.
“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,” wrote Musk.
While Musk is usually a prolific user of the platform, Musk did not tweet immediately after the poll closed. Musk finally broke his silence when he responded to tweets that suggested that the results of the poll were skewed by fake accounts.
When a user suggested that “Blue subscribers should be the only ones that can vote in policy related polls”, Musk replied with “Good point. Twitter will make that change.”
For those unaware, Twitter Blue is a paid-for subscription that allows anyone to buy a blue tick verified badge for their account.
Musk actually has a history for using Twitter polls to make major decisions. After using Twitter polls, Musk has sold a tenth of his Tesla holdings, restored Donald Trump’s Twitter account, and reinstated a number of other suspended accounts as well.
“Vox Populi, Vox Dei,” Musk tweeted after the Trump poll. The Latin phrase translates to “the voice of the people is the voice of God.”
But the question is, will Musk actually step down? Will he run the poll again and limit it to Twitter Blue subscribers only?
So much for democracy.