Twitter boss Elon Musk said today that a new CEO could run the online platform until late 2023 after a “rollercoaster” ride since he took full ownership last year.
“I’m guessing maybe later this year would be a good time to find someone else to run the company,” he told the World Government Summit conference in Dubai via video.
“I need to stabilize the organization and make sure that it is in a healthy place and that the product roadmap is clearly laid out… I think it should be in a stable position by the end of this year. “
Mr Musk paid $44 billion for his favorite social media platform and pulling out of day-to-day operations will help him fend off criticism that he is neglecting his other ventures, notably electric car company Tesla. have been
The Tesla and SpaceX founder has given some clues about the type of leader he’s looking for. On 21 December, when he first announced that he planned to step down as chief executive, he said only that he would take over his duties once “some idiot” replaced him. Will limit to server engineering.
Since Mr Musk took ownership of Twitter on October 27, the platform has been beset by chaos, with mass layoffs, the return of thousands of banned accounts and an exodus of major advertisers.
The app has also seen several technical glitches, including an incident on Sunday where Musk’s tweets suddenly dominated the feeds of millions of users, even those who don’t follow the tycoon.
According to sources inside the company, as told to industry news website Platformer, this was because Musk was upset that a tweet by US President Joe Biden during the Super Bowl got a lot more engagement than his.
In an attempt to fix the issue, engineers were said to have tampered with Twitter’s algorithm so that it would pump out more Musk tweets, sparking complaints.
In another incident last week, thousands of users reported problems using Twitter after the social network started allowing paying users to post tweets of up to 4,000 characters.
– ‘Niche ideology’ –
Despite the difficulties, Musk on Wednesday encouraged users to communicate more freely on Twitter and said the site would enforce “the least censorship permitted by law.”
Under his ownership, he said Twitter would no longer privilege America’s West Coast liberal values or “niche ideologies” for its content moderation.
Musk described his motivation behind buying Twitter, saying, “I thought it was important for the future of civilization to try to get that thumb on the scale right.”
“As a platform for communication, it’s great. And I would just encourage more communication … to speak in an authentic voice,” he said.
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