Elon Musk has announced his resignation as CEO of Twitter after taking over the company in October.
The billionaire took to the platform to tell his 122.4 million followers that he would be stepping down from the role to focus on a different department.
Musk tweeted: “I will resign as CEO as soon as I find someone foolish enough to take the job! After that, I will just run the software & servers teams.”
The final result from the 17,502,391 votes cast counted 57.5% said ‘yes’ to his resignation, while 42.5% voted ‘no’ to him stepping down.
This comes after Musk posted a poll the day before asking: “Should I step down as head of Twitter? I will abide by the results of this poll.”
Musk quickly followed that Tweet with: “As the saying goes, be careful what you wish, as you might get it.”
This is not the first time that Musk has put major policy decisions to the people of Twitter. Last month, Musk asked whether the platform should reinstate the previously banned account of former US President Donald Trump – the result was a narrow win for the ‘Yes’ vote, with Musk responding to the results with a Tweet that simply read “Vox Populi, Vox Dei” (translating to ‘the voice of the people is the voice of God’).
Earlier this month, a series of journalists also had their accounts suspended after they reported on an account that used public flight data to track Musk’s private jet. Musk shut down the flight tracker account, and eventually restored the journalists’ accounts after yet another Twitter poll.
Musk bought the social media platform in October for US$44 billion, after an attempt to pull out of the deal failed. After the deal went through, Musk simply tweeted that “The bird is freed.”
Since then, Twitter has endured mass executive layoffs, the loss of several major advertisers, and predictions that more than 30 million users are expected to leave Twitter over the next two years.