Elon Musk, the billionaire founder of Tesla Inc., has launched a poll to determine whether he should continue as Twitter’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO).
On Monday, he posted the poll on his verified Twitter handle, @elonmusk, which has 122 million followers, and 16,364,007 respondents have so far voted.
Musk has promised to follow the poll’s results when it concludes.
He tweeted, “Should I step down as head of Twitter? I will abide by the results of this poll.”
Should I step down as head of Twitter? I will abide by the results of this poll.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 18, 2022
Since purchasing Twitter and taking over as CEO in late October, Musk has been embroiled in a series of controversies involving the ‘blue app.’
Musk began making controversial changes to the company’s policy and personnel after purchasing the company for $44 billion.
He fired several of Twitter’s top executives and half of the company’s employees shortly after the acquisition, and he announced a ban on remote working for the company’s remaining employees.
Musk then shifted gears by instituting a verification policy that requires users to pay at least $8 to obtain the blue badge.
Despite Musk’s claim that he bought the social media platform to promote free speech, he has become a target of criticism on the platform since taking over the company.
He frequently changes Twitter’s rules by executive order and without prior notice, and he bans users who break his new rules.
Musk recently removed the Twitter Space feature from the app after a heated argument with the host of a Twitter Space in which he participated.
The company, on the other hand, claimed that Space was disabled due to a minor glitch. It has since been restored following user backlash.
Musk tweeted Sunday night, in what appeared to be remorse for his unannounced policy changes, that every major policy change would now be subject to a vote.
Other social media platforms
Twitter removed a controversial new policy that prohibited links to certain other social media platforms on Sunday evening, less than 24 hours after it was introduced.
Following an outpouring of criticism, Twitter removed the blog post that detailed which rival sites users would be barred from tweeting links to, including Facebook, Instagram, Mastodon, and Truth Social.
It also deleted a tweet thread from its @TwitterSupport account earlier in the day that announced the policy.
Another company Twitter account, @TwitterSafety, is now running a poll to see if the platform should “have a policy prohibiting the creation of or use of existing accounts for the primary purpose of advertising other social media platforms.” The poll will close on Monday at 9 p.m. Eastern time.
So far 207,866 users have participated in this poll.
Should we have a policy preventing the creation of or use of existing accounts for the main purpose of advertising other social media platforms?
— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) December 19, 2022