Six weeks into his venture as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Twitter, Elon Musk seemingly had egg on his face after the recent poll that he launched on Twitter turned against him and it also became evident that millions of people across the globe strongly dislike his chaotic leadership and his hasty decisions in leading a global social media giant.
Eversince he bought Twitter for $44 billion to expand his affluent empire, Elon Musk has been on the global spotlight for his controversial reformations right from firing his staff to terminating journalists. "The bird is freed", this was the first tweet from Elon Musk after acquiring Twitter, but Twitter was caught into the wave of chaos as never before and Musk's leadership only gave him setbacks amid facing a downfall in his fortune.
After taking Twitter, Musk was highly active on the platform and several times, he went on to share inaccurate stories and what earned him a backlash was his decision to charge for the verification badge from the users across the globe. His terrible move sparked a lot of concern and a slew of users challenged it and alarmed that it won't serve the purpose that any fake people can get verified by subscribing to the 'blue tick'.
After a setback, Musk took back his decision and it put his chaotic leadership on a global display. He acquired Twitter in the late October this year and within two months, Tweeple had several events to showcase that their equation with the chaotic chief is fragile while most of the staff members in Twitter had a souring relationship with him. Within a week of takeover, Musk began to fire employees under the guise of cutting down the losses.
Later, Musk ordered his staff to be hardcore or leave the company. Many employees saw it as a warning and as a coercion that they need to accept his leadership. A flock of employees quit Twitter and some expressed that they are happy to leave the organization. Fueling the chaos, Musk overtly announced that he was looking to revive the suspended accounts of users including former President of the United States Donald Trump.
Musk has been pertaining to take decisions based on the opinion poll on Twitter where the people can cast their votes. He announced that Trump's account will be revived based on the poll results in a tweet "The people have spoken. Trump will be reinstated", and caught into trouble over inducting Trump, whose account was suspended by Twitter while he was president for inciting the riots at the US Capitol. However, as Trump launched his own social media platform, he is yet to show up on Twitter. Earlier this month, Musk has relaunched the subscription for the blue tick.
Recently, after Musk lost his tag as the World's richest man owing to a downfall in his fortune, he was accused of abruptly suspending the accounts journalists who are attached with New York Times, CNN, and The Washington Post, under the grounds that they shared his location. Later, after condemnation from the UN against the suspension of journalists by citing that media freedom is 'not a toy', Musk revoked the suspension.
In the midst of the turbulent leadership tenure, Musk came up with a decision of tossing his leadership based on the opinion poll. On December 19, he launched his signature opinion poll on Twitter and asked his 122 million followers "Should I step down as head of Twitter? I will abide by the results of this poll." Taking a prospect to weigh his leadership and have their say, a majority of his followers want him to step down as the Twitter CEO, the moment that perhaps put him in embarrassment.
As per the poll, 57.5% of his followers asked him to step down from his post while the rest 42.5% came in support of him. As the majority of his followers expressed their say in a globally-known poll, Musk is in a pressure whether or not to count his poll like the previous ones including the poll in favour of Trump which he said, "The people have spoken." Musk didn't immediately respond to the poll. Minutes before launching his poll, Musk wrote, "Going forward, there will be a vote for major policy changes. My apologies. Won't happen again."
When the Yes or No poll for his leadership was underway, he did a series of tweets including, "As the saying goes, be careful what you wish, as you might get it" and "Those who want power are the ones who least deserve it." Replying to his poll, MIT artificial intelligence researcher Lex Fridman said he would takeover as Twitter CEO. In response, Musk wrote, "You must like pain a lot." Interestingly, this poll has sparked celebrities to create their own polls asking their fans whether they should pursue the apex job of Twitter.
However, Musk denied that he has a new CEO in his mind. Responding to such independent polls, Musk wrote, "No one wants the job who can actually keep Twitter alive. There is no successor." In another tweet, he wrote, "The question is not finding a CEO, the question is finding a CEO who can keep Twitter alive." On the other hand, the result of this poll has apparently shown that Musk's followers are not happy with him as Twitter CEO and several Tweeple have urged him to obey to his result like he did for earlier opinion polls. To say in his language, "The People have spoken" and though there is no successor in sight, there is also no ending of his chaotic leadership.
Should I step down as head of Twitter? I will abide by the results of this poll.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 18, 2022
No one wants the job who can actually keep Twitter alive. There is no successor.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 19, 2022