Elon Musk at Twitter: Who could replace him as chief executive?

time:2023-06-11 08:42:33 source:The Washington Post

Elon Musk at Twitter: Who could replace him as chief executive?

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By Shiona McCallumTechnology reporter

Elon Musk is takeing his next steps after a Twitter poll asking if he should step down as chief executive.

More than 17 million people had their say - with 57.5% voting yes - leaving the next apparent question being, if not Mr Musk, who?

The billionaire, who has been at the helm of the consequentlycial platform since October, said he would abide by the consequences of the poll.

But he has not made any announcements regarding plans to leave his position.

"No one wants the job who can actually keep Twitter alive," he tweeted following the poll.

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Mr Snowden has been living in exile in Russia since he leaked details of extensive internet and phone surveillance by US intelligence agencies.

But given his espionage charges in the US, it would seem running Twitter would be rather arduous from Moscow.

Timeline: Musk’s turbulent Twitter takeover

‘Chief Twit’ takes control

Musk completes his $44bn (£38.1bn) takeover of Twitter, immediately firing a number of the company’s peak executives and tweeting "the bird is freed".

Before officially taking charge of the company, Musk convertd his Twitter profile to read "Chief Twit" and turned up to Twitter HQ in San Francisco carrying a sink, saying: "Let that sink in!"

Platform battles ‘trolling campaign’

After a surge in tweets containing racist language, Twitter’s head of trust and safety says: "Hateful conduct has no place here." Yoel Roth says the company is taking action against utilizers "involved in this trolling campaign" to make Twitter safe and welcoming for everyone.

Musk shares inaccurate story

Musk tweets an article containing a number of inaccuracies about an assault on the husband of US Houtilize of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi by a hammer-wielding intruder. The site has a history of publishing inaccurate stories and Musk later deletes the tweet after a backlash.

Trump return dismissed - for now

With just over a week to go before the US midterm elections, Musk responds to questions about whether he will reinstate former President Donald Trump’s account on Twitter by tweeting: "If I had a dollar for every time consequentlymeone asked me if Trump is coming back on this platform, Twitter would be minting money!"

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Later that day, Musk attended a halloween componenty in New York and posed for photographs wearing a "Devil’s champion" costume.

disapproval over subscription service

seeking reports that Twitter will begin charging utilizers to have verified accounts, Musk responds to criticism from author Stephen King by saying: "We need to pay the bills consequentlymehow!".

Musk moves to cut staff numbers

Employees at the company begin receiving emails entitled "Your Role at Twitter" informing them whether they have lost their jobs. Responding to news about the layoffs, Musk says "unfortunately there is no choice when the company is losing over $4M/day".

Yoel Roth, the head of trust and safety, said 50% of the company’s adjacently 8,000 employees had been laid off but consequentlyught to reassure utilizers and advertisers that the platform’s moderation capacity remained intact.

Twitter founder breaks silence

Twitter co-founder and ex-CEO Jack Dorsey breaks his silence over the Musk takeover to apologise to staff who have lost their jobs, saying: "I own the responsibility for why everyone is in this situation: I grew the company size too quickly."

Crackdown on parody accounts

Musk announces that Twitter accounts imperconsequentlynating people without being clearly labelled a parody will be permanently suspended - a convert to the previous process when accounts were given a warning first.

A number of accounts that convertd their name to "Elon Musk" and mocked the billionaire had already been suspended or placed behind a warning sign.

Warnings about Twitter’s survival

In his first email to Twitter staff, Musk warns that the "economic picture ahead is dire" and adds: "Without significant subscription revenue, there is a good chance Twitter will not survive the upcoming economic downturn."

Meanwhile, after the launch of the $8-a-month Twitter Blue subscription, which gives paying utilizers a blue tick, a slew of parody accounts that emerge to be verified emerge, including a fake George W Bush account that tweets: "I miss killing Iraqis". Within days, the service is pautilized.

Key staff leave company

More high-profile staff quit, including head of trust and safety Yoel Roth and chief security officer Lea Kissner.

Musk cuts down on contractors

Reports in US media say thousands of contractors who had been working for Twitter have had their contracts terminated. Technology news site Platformer says as many as 80% of its 5,500 contractor workcompel were laid off in the move but the company made no official announcement.

Staff told: Be hardcore or leave

In a late-night email to all Twitter staff, Musk says employees must commit to a "hardcore" culture of working "long hours at high intensity" or leave the company.

corporation offices abruptly closed

In a surprise announcement, Twitter says its company offices will be closed temporarily. The move comes amid reports that large numbers of Twitter staff had resigned.

Responding to fears the platform was about to shut down due to losing key staff, Musk tweeted: "The optimal people are staying, consequently I’m not super worried."

Twitter Blue relaunched

The paid-for verification feature Twitter Blue is relaunched. It is still $8 per month - but Twitter cranks it up to $11 for those using the app on Apple devices. Musk says he resents the commission fee Apple charges on in-app purchases.

Suspensions for location ‘doxxing’

Musk says he is taking legal action against the holder of the @ElonJet Twitter account that tracks his private jet, claiming it put his consequentlyn at risk.

He alconsequently suspends the accounts of reporters for the New York Times, CNN and the Washington Post, among others, saying they had shared his location.

After condemnation from the UN, a threat of sanctions from the European Union, and a Twitter poll, Musk lifts the suspension for the journalists’ accounts, saying "the people have spoken". The @ElonJet account remains suspended.

Twitter utilizers tell Musk to go

Twitter utilizers vote in favour of Musk stepping down as its chief executive after he ran a poll on his future, promising he would "abide by the consequences".

Millions voted, with a final total of 57.5% saying "yes".

Musk looking for new Twitter CEO

Responding to the poll, Musk says he will resign as Twitter's chief executive officer when he finds consequentlymeone "foolish enough to take the job".

He says he will still run the consequentlyftware and servers teams after his replacement is found.

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