He then launched a Twitter poll surveying users on whether he should step down. Musk held on to past polls, even though they were unscientific and unrepresentative.
“Should I step down as CEO of Twitter? I will abide by the results of this poll,” he said. He wrote. After a while he added: “As the saying goes, be careful what you wish for and you might get it.”
Should I step down as president of Twitter? I will abide by the results of this survey.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 18, 2022
Respondents to Musk’s poll leaned heavily toward “yes,” indicating that Musk should step down after nearly an hour of voting: 58 percent of the more than 3 million votes were in favor of him handing over the reins. The poll expired Monday morning before the stock market opened, during a period when Tesla’s stock — the source of Musk’s net worth — fell. Investors said Musk’s departure from Twitter could improve Tesla’s outlook
Musk’s sudden reversal comes after Twitter said earlier in the day that it would begin suspending accounts that link to banned sites like Facebook and Instagram “if they are used for the primary purpose of promoting content on another social platform.” Sunday.
The principleDated this month and tweeted on Sunday afternoon, it says tweets promoting accounts on some platforms may be removed if users force their Twitter followers to join elsewhere.
“We will remove any free advertising from prohibited third-party social media sites, both at the tweet level and at the account level,” the policy states. It lists many examples of social media sites like Facebook, Instagram and the like True communityThis is former President Donald Trump Co-founded.
Musk’s ownership of Twitter — which he bought for $44 billion in October — has left the site in turmoil. He ousted the company’s executives They also installed a group of loyalists, fired more than half of their employees, and rolled back Twitter’s content ratings. He engaged in false information as the owner of the site and left in a hurry New and confusing changesCausing controversy and threatening advertisers, some of whom have suspended their spending on the site.
His sudden and sometimes arbitrary decisions have affected Twitter’s core users and many others workersBut some of his own supporters, entrenched in a “free speech” driven approach, bid for his right.
Already on Sunday, Musk had lost the support of some who supported his administration’s moves on Twitter over the new policy.
George Hotz, a software developer hired by Musk for an internship, tweeted a link to his Instagram account Sunday night after he tweeted excitedly about the acquisition by the business mogul.
“If it’s forbidden to say it, it’s not where I want to be anymore. It’s far from free speech,” he wrote in a tweet.
It was a far cry from what Musk had been a few weeks ago He issued an ultimatum He told Twitter employees that they had to commit to a “very hard” pace to build the new Twitter.
“This is the attitude that creates incredible things. Let all the people who don’t like greatness leave,” Hodz wrote.
Meanwhile, Twitter users criticized the suspension of Paul Graham, who spoke highly of Musk’s leadership but promoted his mastodon handle on Twitter, screenshots from the site show.
“This is the last straw,” he wrote, according to screenshots posted on the site. Graham’s account was suspended shortly after.
This prompted many users to weigh in, including NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. “This is a bad policy and needs to be changed,” he wrote in a tweet.
The moves put Musk on the defensive, and he responded to the backlash, a rare move for Twitter’s chief since he took over in October.
“Paul’s account will be restored soon,” he wrote in a tweet.
Twitter has cut most of its public relations team since Musk acquired the company in October, and Musk did not respond to a list of emailed questions about the new rule earlier in the day.
Musk, the billionaire owner of Tesla and SpaceX, was recently suspended and reinstated. Top quality journalists He says he violated Twitter’s rules.
The weeks since Twitter’s sale closed have been tumultuous for the platform, with Musk rolling back many of the platform’s policies on hate speech and misinformation while laying off thousands of employees. And there are hundreds of employees to leave.
The new policy, which bans links to certain other social media sites, follows several prominent Twitter users promoting their alternative accounts, often expressing the view that Musk’s switch to the platform will make it impossible to stay on Twitter.
On Sunday, the company’s announcement sparked debate over whether it could create legal challenges to Twitter.
“This is the clearest declaration of weakness I’ve ever seen from a major US tech platform and a G.C. (If someone had that job on Twitter) they would set themselves on fire to stop it.” Tweeted Alex Stamos, Facebook’s former chief security officer, uses the acronym for “general counsel.” He now heads the Stanford Internet Observatory, “a research, teaching, and policy program focused on the misuse of information technology.” Website.
In addition to linking to Facebook, Instagram and Truth Social, advertising on social media platforms Mastodon, Tribel, Post and Nostr are restricted under Twitter’s new policy. Third-party link aggregators such as linktr.ee And lnk.bio Also banned. Listing a social media handle without a URL is not allowed.
A first violation of this policy can range from deleting a tweet to temporarily locking an account, Twitter said. If the violation is in the bio or account name, the account may be suspended, the company said. Subsequent violations of the policy may result in permanent suspension.
of Twitter Sudden suspension Last week several high-profile journalists, including one from The Washington Post, said Musk had shared “basically assassination coordinates” with him and his family — an apparent reference to the tweets about suspending the account using public flight data. to track Musk’s private jet. Twitter allowed several journalists to return to the stage on Saturday.
Musk temporarily suspended and reinstated a second Post reporter this weekend.
“Once again, the suspension occurred without warning, process or explanation — this time because our reporter asked Musk for comment for a story,” Washington Post managing editor Sally Busbee said in a statement Sunday. Posting journalists should be immediately reinstated without arbitrary conditions.
Cat Zakrzewski contributed to this report.