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Twitter users vote for Elon Musk’s CEO resignation. Will he do it and who could replace him?

origin 1Elon Musk only took over Twitter in October of this year ©Evan Agostini/AP

Billionaire Elon Musk has said that only Twitter Blue subscribers will be allowed to vote in future policy-related polls after more than 10 million people voted for him to step down as CEO of the social media platform.

The owner of Twitter asked users on Sunday whether he should step down as CEO and said he would “adhere to the results of this poll.”

The poll closed on Monday morning and 57.5% of the vote called for him to resign.

“As they say, be careful what you wish for, because you might get it,” he tweeted after posting the survey. Hours after the result she said “interesting” after some users suggested the results were influenced by fake accounts.

As the owner of Twitter, following his $44 billion (€41.4 billion) purchase of the company in October, no one can force him to step down as CEO.

He ignored the results of surveys he’d taken previously, redoing ones that may not have had the desired result, including a survey of unsuspended accounts that he said revealed his real-time whereabouts.

Some of these accounts were from mainstream media reporters, such as CNN’s Donie O’Sullivan, who tweeted an official LAPD statement regarding a tweet sent by Musk.

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Who could replace Musk?

It is unclear who could replace Musk if he decides to step down. But he hinted that he would.

Last month, he told a Delaware judge that he planned to “cut back on my time on Twitter and find someone else to run Twitter over time.”

There’s wild speculation about who could be named, but as far as tech leaders who might fit the bill, it’s been said that former Meta COO Sheryl Sandberg could be the top pick. But she could also choose any of her other companies Tesla and SpaceX.

Whoever is chosen, if chosen, would have a big job getting the company’s finances in order, as last month Musk warned that a Twitter bust is possible

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However, Musk said on Twitter: “Nobody wants the job that can actually keep Twitter alive. There is no successor.”

“It’s not about finding a CEO, it’s about finding a CEO who can keep Twitter alive.”

In response to another user’s suggestion that “blue subscribers should be the only ones who can vote in policy-related polls,” Musk said: Good point. Twitter will make this change.”

The paid membership service allows any user to purchase a blue checkmark verified badge for their account.

“The Absolutist of Free Speech”

Musk is a self-proclaimed “free speech absolutist,” making the issue one of the cornerstones of his philosophy as head of a social media network.

After taking control, he reinstated the banned accounts, including former US President Donald Trump’s account.

However, Musk has faced accusations of hypocrisy, with a series of bans for journalists and activists who have criticized him personally.

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On Sunday, Musk also banned all links to other social networks, including rivals Mastodon, Instagram and Facebook, as well as smaller platforms Nostr and Linktree.

After immediate protests, the ban was reinstated by the end of the day. Musk said, “Going forward, there will be a vote for major policy changes. My apologies. It won’t happen again.”