Elon Musk volunteers to step down from leading Twitter

 December 19, 2022

Twitter owner Elon Musk has volunteered to step down from leading Twitter, weeks after he took control of the company and began radically transforming its policies.

Musk put the issue to a vote, with most users calling on Musk to quit. But as of Monday evening, the Tesla CEO hasn't shared updates.

Musk volunteers to step down

In a tweet, Musk wrote, "Should I step down as head of Twitter? I will abide by the results of this poll." The poll of 17 million users concluded with 57 percent voting "yes."

Computer scientist and podcaster Lex Fridman volunteered to run the company "for a bit" free of charge, prompting Musk to respond, "you must like pain a lot."

"One catch: you have to invest your life savings in Twitter and it has been in the fast lane to bankruptcy since May. Still want the job?"

Musk was spotted with Jared Kushner, President Trump's son-in-law and former adviser, at the World Cup in Qatar on Sunday, which led to further speculation.


Musk's offer to resign comes after months of backlash over his free-wheeling management of the company, which has been cheered by many free speech advocates on the right and loudly protested by partisans on the left.

He has put key decision up for a vote, including the decision to reinstate President Trump's account, which had been permanently suspended in January 2021 following the Capitol "insurrection."

The billionaire has also landed himself on the left's naughty list by sharing internal Twitter documents, known as the Twitter Files, exposing the pro-Democrat censorship regime that existed under the company's previous owners.

Democrats in Congress have been shrieking for more oversight of Twitter, alleging that Musk has unleashed a flood of "hate speech" and "misinformation," and the Biden White House has ominously warned they are "keeping a close eye" on Musk's moves.

Pressure from Tesla

The left was further outraged when several high-profile liberal journalists were briefly suspended from Twitter last week for sharing Musk's real-time location.

"They posted my exact real-time location, basically assassination coordinates, in (obvious) direct violation of Twitter terms of service," Musk said.

Musk is also facing pressure from Tesla investors to pull away from Twitter as Musk's electric car company has plunged in value. KoGuan Leo, Tesla’s third-largest shareholder, said Musk had "abandoned" Tesla to focus on Twitter.

"Elon was the proud father, Tesla has grown up. An executioner, Tim Cook-like is needed, not Elon," he tweeted.

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