Elon Musk asks Twitter users if he should step down as CEO

Voting is scheduled to close at around 11.20am on Monday (Image: Getty Images)

Elon Musk is back at it again with one of his famous Twitter polls and this time the results could decide his future as head of the social media platform.

On Sunday, Musk launched a poll on Twitter asking whether he should step down as head of the company, adding that he would follow the results of the poll.

So far, the majority of the 15,681,114 voters have voted “Yes” to Musk’s resignation.

However, the scales may still tip in Musk’s favor, as 57.4% have voted “Yes” while 42.6% have voted “No.”

Polling is scheduled to close at around 11:20 a.m. on Monday, although the billionaire did not give details of when he would step down if the poll results said he should.

Musk has a history of making big decisions based on results from Twitter polls.

Last month, Donald Trump’s Twitter account was restored after 51.8% of users voted “Yes” on Musk’s Twitter poll asking whether the former president should be brought back to the platform.

The vote comes after Twitter’s Sunday policy update, which banned accounts created solely for the purpose of promoting other social media firms and content containing links or usernames for rival platforms.

Minutes before the vote, Musk apologized and tweeted “Going forward, there will be a vote for major political changes”.

A few hours later, Twitter’s official security officer launched a poll asking users whether the platform should have a policy preventing accounts that advertise other social media platforms on Twitter.

The policy update will affect content from social media platforms such as Meta’s Facebook and Instagram, along with Mastodon, Truth Social, Tribel, Nostr and Post, while allowing cross-content publishing, Twitter support said in a tweet.

Former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, who recently invested in social media platform Nostr, responded to the Twitter support post with one word: ‘Why?’

In a response to another user’s post about the Nostr campaign ban, Dorsey said, “doesn’t make sense”.

Short video platform TikTok, owned by China’s ByteDance, was not included in the list.

Last week, Twitter abruptly disbanded its Trust and Safety Council, a voluntary group formed in 2016 to advise the social media platform on site decisions.

The policy change follows other chaotic actions on Twitter since the CEO of Tesla bought the social network.

Since taking over Twitter, Musk has fired senior management and laid off about half the workforce, while looking at how much to pay for its Twitter Blue subscription service.

Musk also suspended the accounts of several journalists due to a controversy over the publication of public data about the billionaire’s aircraft.

On Friday, Musk reinstated the accounts after criticism from government officials, advocacy groups and several journalism organizations, with some saying the microblogging platform endangered press freedom.

In response to a Twitter user’s comment about a possible change in CEO, Musk said “There is no successor”.

Musk told a Delaware court last month that he would reduce his time at Twitter and eventually find a new executive to lead the company.

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