Millions of users vote in Twitter poll to axe Elon Musk as platform CEO
Twitter users voted on Monday to oust controversial boss Elon Musk from the position of CEO in a poll he organized and promised to honor, just weeks after he took charge of the guy. social media giant.
A total of 57.5% of the more than 17 million accounts voted for his resignation. muskHe is also the owner of a car company Tesla and rocket company spacestill have not responded.
He took over Twitter on October 27 and has repeatedly caused controversy, fired half of its staff, brought far-right figures back to the platform, banned journalists and tried to charge for previously free services .
Should I resign as head of Twitter? I will abide by the results of this poll.
– Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 18, 2022
Analysts also point out that Tesla’s share price has fallen by a third since Twitter took over.
“It’s hard to ignore the numbers since [Twitter] deal is over,” investment expert Gary Black tweeted, saying he thinks Tesla’s board is pressuring Musk to step down from his Twitter role.
In discussions with users after posting his latest poll, Musk stated that he has no intention of succeeding and reiterated his warning that the platform could be on the verge of bankruptcy.
Dorsey is confused
The unpredictable billionaire posted the poll shortly after trying to escape another controversy.
On Sunday, Twitter users were told they would can no longer promote content from other social networking sites.
But Musk apparently reversed course a few hours later, writing that the policy would be limited to “suspending an account only when the *main* purpose of that account is to advertise to a competitor.” .
“In the future, there will be a vote on major policy changes. I’m sorry. Won’t happen again,” he wrote on Twitter.
The ban attempt sparked boos and even stunned Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, who has backed Musk’s takeover.
He questioned the new policy with a single-word tweet: “Why?”
Musk has caused a series of controversies during his brief reign.
Wedbush analyst Dan Ives called his tenure a “perfect storm”.
He flagged that “advertisers that have run into the hills and left Twitter completely in the red are likely to lose about $4 billion a year which we estimate”.
Shortly after taking over the platform, Musk announced that the site would charge $8 a month to verify the identity of the account holders, but had to suspend the “Twitter Blue” plan after a series of accounts. shameful fake. It has been relaunched.
On November 4, with Musk saying the company was losing $4 million a day, Twitter laid off half of its 7,500 employees.
Musk also reinstated Donald Trump’s account – although the former US president said he was not interested in the platform – and said Twitter would no longer work to combat misinformation about Covid-19.
In recent days, Mr Suspend the accounts of some journalists After complaining, several people published details of the movements of his private jet, which he said could pose a danger to his family.
Employees of CNN, The New York Times and The Washington Post were among those affected in a move that has drawn harsh criticism, including from the European Union and the United Nations.
The Washington Post’s executive editor Sally Buzbee said the suspension of journalist Taylor Lorenz’s account “further undermines Elon Musk’s claims that he intends to run Twitter as a platform dedicated to self-indulgence.” by speech”.
Some suspended accounts have been reactivated.