February 4, 2023

After 53 days, numerous firings, a complete collapse of his free speech posture, and a few very bizarre lies about doxxing and “assassination coordinates,” Elon Musk is likely to be poised to step down as head of Twitter.

Musk had at all times stated that he expects to discover a new CEO “over time,” however the timeline might have been accelerated beginning Sunday, December 18th, when he put up a 12-hour Twitter ballot asking, “Ought to I step down as head of Twitter? I’ll abide by the outcomes of this ballot.” In a decisive consequence, 57.5% to 42.5%, Twitter customers voted “Sure,” he ought to abdicate the position.

“Watch out what you want,” Musk warned because the outcomes of his ballot got here in. “You would possibly get it.” In response to a remark suggesting a alternative CEO had already been chosen, Musk added, “Nobody needs the job who can truly maintain Twitter alive. There isn’t a successor.” As of this writing, he has not tweeted since ballot was finalized.

The choice got here after one of many rockiest weeks in Musk’s oft-craggy reign. On December 14th, he tweeted {that a} “loopy stalker” had accosted a automotive “considering it was me” whereas it carried his son, X. He used this as justification to alter Twitter’s Phrases of Service in order that, as he put it, “Any account doxxing real-time location data of anybody might be suspended, as it’s a bodily security violation.”

The wording of the replace appeared confusingly obscure — are White Home Pool reporters doxxing the President in the event that they report his location? — and Musk adopted the change by suspending the account of @ElonJet, which used publicly accessible flight information to publish when Musk’s non-public jet left or landed at an airport.

The transfer sparked a vigorous debate on the definition of “doxxing,” since all the knowledge was public, and followers of @ElonJet would solely know that he had landed at, as an illustration, LAX, however not at which gate or terminal. Musk adopted that on December fifteenth by suspending the accounts of not less than eight journalists who labored at shops such because the New York Instances, Washington Publish, and CNN, all with out warning.

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