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Elon Musk Begins Twitter Poll About Recovering Donald Trump’s Account


Elon Musk started a Twitter poll late Friday, asking followers to vote on whether to restore former US President Donald Trump’s account on the platform, with the results initially showed about 60% of the yes vote.

“Vox Populi, Vox Dei,” musk tweeted, a Latin phrase that roughly means “the voice of the people is the voice of God.” The poll has been open for 24 hours.

musk, by Twitter new owner, said in May he would reverse Twitter’s ban on trumpetwhose account was suspended following the attack on the US Capitol last year.

Musk said earlier in the day that a decision to reinstate Trump’s account had not yet been made and that Twitter had reinstated a number of controversial accounts that had been banned or suspended, including satirical website Babylon Bee and the comedian Kathy Griffin.

Musk’s decision to consult Twitter users about who should join the platform is part of a massive restructuring of the company, including mass layoffs.

In a Friday memo to the remaining employees seen by Reuters, Musk asked those who code the software to report to the 10th floor of Twitter’s San Francisco headquarters in the early afternoon.

“If possible, I would appreciate it if you could fly to SF to be present in person,” the billionaire said in a follow-up email, adding that he would be in the office until midnight and Will be back on Saturday morning.

He asked employees to email him a summary of what their software code has “achieved” over the past six months, “along with up to 10 screenshots of the most prominent lines of code.” .”

“There will be short technical interviews that will allow me to better understand the Twitter tech stack,” Musk wrote in an email and asked engineers to report at 2 p.m. Friday.

The emails come a day after hundreds of Twitter employees reportedly decided to leave the besieged social media company following a Thursday deadline from Musk that employees must sign up for “many hours” with high intensity”.

The exodus adds to the change and chaos that marked Musk’s first three weeks as owner of Twitter. He fired top management including the former CEO Paragraph Agarwal and senior officials in charge of security and privacy, drawing scrutiny from the regulator.

A White House official also weighed in, saying that Twitter should let Americans know how the company is protecting their data.

Tech site Platformer reported on Friday that Robin Wheeler, the company’s top ad sales executive, has been fired.

Wheeler, who told employees in a memo last week that she was staying, tweeted on Friday: “To my team and customers…you are always a priority and only mine”, with a greeting emoji that was used as a farewell for the departing employee.

Twitter told employees on Thursday that it would close its offices and cut badge access through Monday, according to two sources. Reuters could not immediately confirm whether headquarters would reopen.

On Friday afternoon, the company began cutting off access to its systems to some employees who refused to accept Musk’s offer, three people told Reuters.

Another source said the company is planning to close one of Twitter’s three main data centers in the US, at its SMF1 facility near Sacramento, to save money.

In his first email to Twitter employees this month, Musk warned that Twitter might not “survive the coming recession.” He also said, “We’re also changing Twitter’s policy to no longer allow remote work, unless you make a specific exception.”

Amid the changes, Moody’s withdrew its B1 credit rating for Twitter, saying it did not have enough information to maintain the rating.

© Thomson Reuters 2022


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