Elon Musk announced on Tuesday December 20 that he would resign from Twitter when he found a replacement. “I will resign as CEO as soon as I find someone dumb enough to take over my job! Then I’ll just lead the software and server teams.”, he wrote in a tweet.
The billionaire had questioned, in a tweet published a few hours earlier, the result of the poll he himself had launched on Monday. This gave a majority of voters in favor of his departure from the management of the platform.
Having become the sole owner of the social network on October 27, the billionaire had assured by launching his survey that he would comply with his result. But in a series of replies to different tweets, he now appears to believe the result was skewed by bot voting.
“We have a slight bot problem on Twitter”
The result of the poll, which counted 17 million participants, gave a majority of 57% in favor of the departure of Mr. Musk, less than eight weeks after his takeover of the group for 44 billion dollars.
But according to a poll conducted by the American company HarrisX among its own sample of users of the platform and published on Tuesday, December 20, 61% of those questioned are in favor of keeping Elon Musk as general manager. The institute assures that its opinion poll was carried out independently of Twitter or “of any organization linked to Elon Musk”.
“Interesting, this seems to suggest that we do have a slight bot problem on Twitter”, reacted Mr. Musk under the tweet of the institute presenting its results. One bot (short for “robot”) is software that performs automated, repetitive and predefined tasks. The term is also used to refer to accounts on social networks that relay information mechanically, whether held by humans or by software responsible for publishing messages programmed in advance.
Surveys reserved for paying users in the future
The comment comes after Elon Musk endorsed a tweet suggesting his poll had been botned. He also said any new polls would be restricted to paying Twitter users.
In the past, the businessman had relied on polls to support controversial decisions, such as reactivating former US President Donald Trump’s account, as well as other users who had been suspended.