Elon Musk’s Twitter poll shows users voting for him to resign – The Hollywood Reporter
Elon Musk has taken a big step toward resigning as Twitter’s CEO if the results of a poll the erratic billionaire posted Sunday night are to be believed.
“Should I resign as head of Twitter? I will stick to the results of this poll,” Musk tweeted Sunday night, giving users two yes/no options. In a series of subsequent tweets and replies, Musk hinted that he was not joking and was very serious about his resignation. “As the saying goes, be careful what you want, because you can get it,” he tweeted, seemingly expecting a yes vote.
Musk also dismissed suggestions that he already has a CEO in place to replace him, lamenting in reply to one user, “Nobody wants the job that can really keep Twitter alive. There is no successor.”
At the end of the voting period in which more than 17 million users had their say, 57.5% voted for Musk to resign, with 42.5% voting no. It’s not clear if Musk will officially fulfill his pledge to step down as Twitter CEO, but he has acted on previous polls, most notably the reinstatement of Donald Trump’s account.
The poll comes at the end of another tumultuous week on Twitter, matching the turbulent period of ownership under Musk since he took over the $44 billion company just over seven weeks ago. Last week, Musk ramped up his erratic, ad-hoc and highly personal approach to content moderation, suspending several prominent journalists for unproven claims that they had fool the location of his private jet.
Musk, a self-proclaimed autocrat on free speech, continued to clash with journalists and media companies over the suspension, before giving in and allowing some to return. this platform, raising suspicions that the billionaire is creating policy as he goes on.
Earlier on Sunday, Twitter sparked more outrage among users after another abrupt change to its content moderation rules, banning “free advertising of certain social media platforms”. certain society” on its foundation. The social media company said it would ban cross-promotion by rivals Facebook, Instagram, Mastodon, Truth Social, Tribel, Nostr and Post.
After posting the new policy, Twitter reversed course in an equally dramatic way, withdrawing the new rules following strong outcry from users from across the political spectrum as well as suggestions from legal experts that this policy would violate European competition law.