Elon Musk polls Twitter users on whether he should step down as CEO

Elon Musk has launched a Twitter poll asking users whether he should step down as head of the social media platform and has vowed to honor the result, following backlash to a new policy banning the promotion of accounts on rival platforms.

The billionaire businessman, who bought Twitter for $44 billion in October and is its CEO, wrote to his 122 million followers on Sunday night: “Should I step down as Twitter CEO? I will comply with the results of this survey.”

Musk later said in a tweet: “No one wants the job that can actually keep Twitter alive. There is no successor.”

The poll is open for 11 hours and with eight hours remaining, more than 8 million had voted, with 57 percent in favor of his resignation and 43 percent against.

The move comes after Twitter announced a new policy on Sunday that prohibits users from sharing links to their accounts on rival platforms, including Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook and Instagram, as well as Donald Trump’s emerging Twitter rival Mastodon. social truthplus Tribal, Nostr and Post.

“We know that many of our users may be active on other social media platforms; however, going forward, Twitter will no longer allow free promotion of specific social media platforms on Twitter,” the company said in a post.

Initial offenses could result in temporary suspensions or a requirement to remove the offending tweet, but repeat offenders risk permanent suspension, he said.

“Twitter should be easy to use, but not more relentless free advertising from competitors. No traditional publisher allows this and neither does Twitter. Musk he said on the platform earlier on Sunday.

However, the policy drew immediate criticism from Musk’s detractors and even some of his high-profile Silicon Valley allies for being too restrictive.

The CEO of SpaceX and Tesla responded by saying that the policy would be “adjusted” so that suspensions would only apply “when the primary purpose of that account is the promotion of competitors.”

In a separate tweet, he wrote: “In the future, there will be a vote for major policy changes. My apologies. It will not happen again.

The move is the latest shakeup since Musk took over, laying off half his staff, cutting costs and overhauling his verification and moderation processes.

He arrives two days after Musk as well. suspended several high-profile American journalists Twitter, suggesting that they violated a recently created policy on sharing location information. The journalists, including the New York Times’ Ryan Mac and CNN’s Donie O’Sullivan, have since been reinstated. On Friday, EU and UK politicians raised concerns about suspensions and press freedom.

Sunday’s policy change drew scrutiny from some of Musk’s supporters in Silicon Valley, including former a16z partner Balaji Srinivasan, who wrote: “This is bad policy and it needs to be reversed. The right way to compete is to build a better product, not restrict the use of your product.

Paul Graham, the founder of startup incubator Y Combinator, who had previously praised Musk when he took over Twitter, wrote: “This is the final straw. I give up,” before adding that his website had a link to his Mastodon account. He was later suspended from the platform for the tweet.

Jack Dorsey, a former Twitter chief executive who invested in one of the banned platforms Nostr, said in a tweet that the policy “doesn’t make sense.”

Other critics argue that the move is likely to be unpopular with creators, most of whom have amassed audiences across multiple platforms, and take issue with Musk’s promise to be a champion of free speech. Musk has recovered accounts that were permanently banned under previous leadership, such as that of former US President Donald Trump.

Experts also warn that the policies could come under scrutiny from EU and US regulators. “These [policies] They are clearly anti-competitive. . . as they seem to impede communication among consumers comparing to competitors,” said Pinar Yildirim, an associate professor of economics and marketing at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Before Sunday’s policy was announced, many Twitter users attempting to share links to their own Mastodon profiles were prevented from doing so, with the site flagging the posts as “potentially harmful.”

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