Twitter poll shows users want Elon Musk to resign

Musk has conducted a series of unscientific surveys of key issues facing the social media platform.

More than half of 17.5 million users who responded to a Twitter poll by billionaire Elon Musk on whether he should step down as head of the company had voted yes by the end of the poll Monday.

There was no immediate announcement from Twitter or Musk as to whether that would happen, although Musk said he would follow through on the results. Musk attended the World Cup final on Sunday and may be on his flight back to the United States early Monday.

Musk has conducted a series of unscientific polls on key issues facing the social media platform, including whether journalists he suspended from Twitter should be reinstated, which has been the case widely criticized in and out of media circles.

Musk has clashed with some users on multiple fronts and on Sunday he asked Twitter users to decide whether he should remain in charge of the social media platform after admitting he made a mistake in introducing new language restrictions had banned mentions of competing social media sites like Twitter.

The results of the unscientific online poll, which lasted 12 hours, showed that 57.5% of voters wanted him to leave, while the remaining 42.5% wanted him to say.

The latest poll followed another significant change in policy since Musk took over Twitter in October. Twitter had announced that users would no longer be able to link to Facebook, Instagram, Mastodon and other platforms, which the company described as “banned.”

That decision prompted an immediate backlash, including criticism from previous defenders of the new Twitter owner that Musk vowed to stop making major policy changes without an online poll of users.

The action to block competitors was Musk’s latest attempt to take action against certain statements after him Close a Twitter account last week, tracking the flights of his private jet.

Banned platforms included mainstream websites like Facebook and Instagram, and emerging rivals Former President Donald Trump’s Mastodon, Tribel, Nostr, Post and Truth Social. Twitter didn’t provide an explanation as to why the blacklist included those seven sites but not others like Parler, TikTok, or LinkedIn.

A test case was prominent venture capitalist Paul Graham, who had praised Musk in the past but on Sunday told his 1.5million Twitter followers that it was the “last straw” and finding him on Mastodon. His Twitter account was promptly suspended and restored shortly thereafter when Musk vowed to reverse the policy put in place just hours earlier.

Musk’s political decisions have divided users. He has campaigned for free speech, but has suspended journalists and shut down a long-running account that tracked his jet’s whereabouts, calling it a security risk.

But he’s changed the policy and then changed it again, creating a sense of confusion on the platform about what’s allowed and what’s not.

Musk permanently suspended the @ElonJet account on Wednesday and then changed Twitter’s rules to prohibit sharing someone’s current location without their consent. He then targeted journalists who wrote about the jet-tracking account, which can still be found on other social media sites, claiming they were “basically sending coordinates of assassinations.”

He used that to justify Twitter’s moves last week Block accounts of numerous journalists covering the social media platform and Musk, including reporters working for The New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, Voice of America, and other publications. Many of these accounts have been recovered following an online poll conducted by Musk.

Then, over the weekend, Taylor Lorenz became the youngest journalist to be temporarily banned from The Washington Post. She said she was suspended after posting a message on Twitter tagging Musk and requesting an interview.

Washington Post editor-in-chief Sally Buzbee called it an “arbitrary suspension of another Post journalist,” further undermining Musk’s promise to operate Twitter as a platform for free speech.

“Again, the suspension came without warning, trial or explanation – this time our reporter simply solicited comment from Musk for a story,” Buzbee said. By midday Sunday, Lorenz’s account was restored, as was the tweet she believed triggered her suspension.

Musk was questioned in court on Nov. 16 about how he divides his time between Tesla and his other companies, including SpaceX and Twitter. Musk was testifying in the Delaware Court of Chancery over a shareholder’s challenge to Musk’s potential $55 billion compensation plan as CEO of the electric car company.

Musk said he never intended to be CEO of Tesla, nor did he want to be CEO of another company, preferring to see himself as an engineer. Musk also said he expects an organizational reorganization of Twitter to be completed in the next week or so. It’s been over a month since he said that.

In a public banter with Twitter followers on Sunday, Musk expressed pessimism about the prospects for a new CEO, saying that person “must be very fond of pain” to run a company that was “on the fast track to bankruptcy.”

“No one wants the job that can actually keep Twitter alive. There is no successor,” Musk tweeted.

AP writer Brian PD Hannon contributed to this report. Twitter poll shows users want Elon Musk to resign

Laura Coffey

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