Elon Musk on Sunday posted a poll to Twitter asking users if they thought he should step down as CEO of the social media giant.
Since then, things have become confusing, at best, even after Musk announced a major policy change at the company.
The results of the poll were unequivocal — except for the minor detail that, as an online opt-in poll, it had very little claim to represent reality in any meaningful way in the first place.
The “Yes” respondents who said Musk should step down handily defeated
those replying “No,” by a margin of 57.5-to-42.5 percent. But there were problems.
First, as already mentioned, this was not a scientific poll by any measure. Ronald Fisher was probably spinning in his grave before Musk even hit “send” on that tweet. There has never been any reason to accept the results of any
Twitter poll as indicative of anything
, so why Musk would promise, as he did, to abide by these results is a complete mystery.
One wonders if he wrote that tweet in the presence of Joe Rogan
, if you know what I’m saying.
Second, there were almost certainly a number of bots involved in that voting, and maybe a very large number of bots. That speaks both to the question of the validity of the poll as well as the motivations and political ideology of those who program the bots.
Again, especially given how much Musk has decried the presence of bots on Twitter, one has to wonder why he’d bother posting a poll, much less promising to submit to the will of the people as supposedly revealed by it.
Third, there was the question of what would happen if Musk did, in fact step down — especially after he announced in a subsequent tweet that there was no suitable successor
to be found.
It seems like that probably would have been a good thing to ascertain prior to posting the poll to begin with, but maybe Musk didn’t expect the results he got.
At any rate, since the poll closed, questions have swirled. What’s next? If not Elon, whom? If not now, when?
Well, Elon has tweeted on the topic a number of times since, but I’m not sure he’s clarified anything.
So, is Musk stepping down? Is he getting rid of bots, re-polling Twitter Blue accounts and then
stepping down if that’s how they vote? How is that going to work if he still doesn’t have a suitable successor identified?
You guess is as good as mine.
It might, in fact, be as good as Musk’s at this point.
But at least we got something out of all of this: another great Babylon Bee
Every cloud has a silver lining, I guess.
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal
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