Elon Musk’s house poll suggests he should step down as Twitter CEO

There was no immediate word from Twitter or Elon Musk on whether this would happen, although Mr Musk said he would respect the results. Sir. Musk took part in the World Cup final on Sunday and could be in full flight on his way back to the US on Monday morning.

Mr. Musk has conducted a series of unscientific polls on important issues facing the social network, including the reinstatement of journalists he had suspended from Twitter, which have been widely criticized in and outside media circles.

Musk clashed with some users on several fronts, and on Sunday he asked Twitter users to decide whether he should remain in charge of the platform after admitting he had made a mistake by rolling out new expression restrictions that banned mentions of rivals social media sites on Twitter.

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The results of the online survey, which lasted 12 hours, showed that 57.5% of those who voted wanted him to go, while the remaining 42.5% wanted him to stay.

This latest poll follows another significant political shift since Mr. Musk acquired Twitter in October. Twitter announced earlier Sunday that users will no longer be able to post links to Facebook, Instagram, Mastodon and other platforms the company has described as “banned.”

The move generated immediate backlash, including criticism from former defenders of Twitter’s new owner that Mr Musk had promised not to make any more major changes without an online user survey.

The move to block competitors was Mr Musk’s latest attempt to crack down on speech after he shut down a Twitter account last week that tracked flights from his private jet.

Banned platforms included mainstream sites like Facebook and Instagram, as well as competitors Mastodon, Tribel, Nostr, Post and former President Donald Trump’s Truth Social. Twitter gave no explanation as to why the blacklist included these seven sites but not others such as Talk, TikTok or LinkedIn.

Prominent venture capitalist Paul Graham, who has praised Mr Musk in the past, told his 1.5 million Twitter followers on Sunday that it was “the last straw” and invited them to find it at Mastodon. His Twitter account was quickly suspended and soon restored as Mr Musk promised to roll back the policy introduced hours earlier.

Polarizing changes

Sir. Musk’s political decisions have divided users. He championed free speech but suspended reporters and shut down a long-running account that tracked his plane’s whereabouts, calling it a security risk.

However, he changed the policies and then changed them again, creating a sense of confusion on the platform about what is allowed and what is not.

Musk permanently banned the @ElonJet account on Wednesday, then changed Twitter rules to prohibit sharing another person’s current location without their consent. He then took aim at journalists who wrote about the tracking of private jets, information that can still be found on other social media, claiming they were “essentially spreading murder coordinates”.

He used that reason to justify the measures Twitter took last week to suspend the accounts of several journalists who cover the social network and Mr. Musk, among them journalists working for the “New York Times”, “Washington Post”, CNN, Voice of America and other publications. Many of these accounts were recovered following an online investigation conducted by Mr. Musk.

So this weekend, Taylor Lorenz from washington post became the latest journalist to be temporarily banned. She said she was suspended after posting a message on Twitter asking for an interview with Mr. Musk.

Sally Buzbee, editor of washington postcalled the event an “arbitrary suspension of another Post reporter,” further undermining Mr. Musk’s promise to make Twitter a platform dedicated to free speech.

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“Again, the suspension occurred without warning, process or explanation — this time because our reporter simply asked Mr. Musk for comment on a story,” Ms. Buzzbee. By midday on Sunday, Ms Lorenz’s account was restored, just as the post she said had triggered her suspension.

Musk was questioned in court on November 16 about how he divides his time between Tesla and his other companies, including SpaceX and Twitter. Mr. Musk had to testify in the Delaware Court of Chancery about 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 the CEO of Tesla, nor did he want to be the CEO of another company, preferring to think of himself as an engineer instead. Musk also made it clear that he expects an organizational restructuring of Twitter to be completed within the next week. It’s been over a month since he said that.

In public banter with Twitter followers on Sunday, Mr Musk expressed pessimism about the prospects for a new chief executive, saying that person “must love the pain a lot” to lead a company that “has been on a fast track to bankruptcy .

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

With information from Brian PD Hannon

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