Elon Musk clearly isn’t afraid of much – certainly not controversy or even the painful truth. Since, well, pretty much always, but definitely since he announced a possible takeover of social media giant Twitter, he’s been turning heads and causing tongues to wag.
And now that he’s actually and officially stepped into the role of CEO of Twitter, that doesn’t seem to have changed. Of course, at this point, one never really knows what the man has up his sleeve or planned out. Hell, maybe he doesn’t, really, either.
But, as usual, his latest move as CEO is causing quite a stir. Then again, maybe I should call it anti CEO move, as he just suggested that he would give up that role so soon after taking it.
On Sunday, Musk put out a poll on his new company, asking if he should “step down as head of Twitter.”
The next line promised that he would “abide by” whatever the results of the poll were. So if the majority of voices said he should no longer be the CEO, he would step down. If the majority wanted him to stay, he would do that.
Unsurprisingly, because it’s Twitter, the majority did, in fact, tell him they thought he should leave the company’s leading role. 57.5 percent to 42.5 percent.
Of course, it’s important to point out here that, as the poll was an opt-in one on social media, it really holds no scientific basis and, therefore, can’t or shouldn’t be used to decipher how many actual Twitter users think one way or the other.
But as Musk said, he would honor the results, anyway.
And in warning, he offered the phrase, “Be careful what you wish, as you might get it.”
Naturally, those who would oppose Musk’s leadership didn’t seem to be too worried. According to them, just because Musk would supposedly step down didn’t mean he’d actually give up the reins and hand over leadership to someone else, at least not someone else who might have any ideas of their own.
But then Musk floated another issue.
“No one wants the job who can actually keep Twitter alive. There is no successor.”
As you can imagine, this caused even more of a stir. First, of course, there were the ones who responded by offering their own names as Twitter’s new CEO. Following this were those suggesting other names of possible CEO candidates.
Then, there were the usual and more straightforward responses of those asking why Musk would either both with such a poll if he knew he couldn’t or wouldn’t really be able to follow through.
And I’m sure it’s a surprise to no one that more than a few either offered up Donald Trump’s name or floated the idea that Elon just might put such a man at the head of Twitter. Of course, they also pulled out the usual comparisons between the two no-nonsense men.
The question now is what Musk is actually planning for Twitter. Is he leaving the company? Does he want to?
Well, as one user so rightfully put it, no one probably wants that job. I can’t imagine it being all that fun or grand. As for Musk’s future, I don’t think anyone, including Musk himself, has any real idea. And if they say they do, I’d seriously begin questioning both their judgment and integrity.