Will Elon Musk resign? Results of his own poll say he should

Will Elon Musk resign? Results of his own poll say he should

According to the poll results, 57.5 per cent want him to step down, while 42.5 per cent don't want him to step down as the Twitter head.

FPJ Web DeskUpdated: Monday, December 19, 2022, 07:46 PM IST
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People's verdict is out, want Musk to step down as Twitter head | Image Source: Wikipedia (Representative)

Twitter Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk on Monday started a poll on the microblogging website, asking the Twitter users, "Should I step down as head of Twitter? I will abide by the results of this poll." The result is finally out, and the majority of them want him to step down.

According to the poll results, 57.5 per cent want him to step down, while 42.5 per cent don't want him to step down as the Twitter head. The poll received a total of 17,502,391 votes before it came to an end.

Before the poll began, he said in a tweet that he would ask for a vote for majority policy changes.

"As the saying goes, be careful what you wish, as you might get it," Musk added in a later tweet.

In the past, Musk has obeyed Twitter polls. He's fond of quoting the phrase "vox populi, vox dei", a Latin phrase that roughly means "the voice of the people is the voice of God".

Ban accounts that promote social media platforms

The poll came after Twitter announced that it would ban accounts that promote other social media platforms, which included Facebook, Mastodon, and Instagram. Though it will allow cross-posting content and posting links.

Prior to this, Musk-led Twitter had suspended the accounts of several journalists, which did not go well with many of the users.

Twitter take over

Since buying Twitter for USD 44 billion and taking over as the CEO in late October, Musk, who also runs Tesla and SpaceX, has journeyed from one controversy to the next.

After take over Musk immediately fired several top executives, including its Indian-American CEO Parag Agrawal, and laid off about half of Twitter's staff after he took over as head of the social media platform in October.

He then gave an ultimatum to the remaining staff that they need to do "extremely hardcore" work or leave, resulting in another thousand or so employees quitting the company.

Twitter Blue

Musk has started, stopped and restarted a revised verification system that costs USD 8 for a blue check mark.

The billionaire's approach to content moderation has also been criticised, with some civil liberties groups accusing him of taking steps that will increase hate speech and misinformation.

On Friday, he reinstated a number of journalists he had suspended for allegedly sharing location data about him after the EU and UN called it an attack on press freedom.

Reporters for the New York Times, CNN and the Washington Post were among those locked out of their accounts.

With Inputs from PTI

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