Musk Launches Poll on Whether He Should Step Down as Twitter CEO

Reuters
By Reuters
December 18, 2022Businessshare
Musk Launches Poll on Whether He Should Step Down as Twitter CEO
A phone displaying Elon Musk's Twitter page where he is conducting a survey about his future as the head of the company, in a photo illustration taken in Los Angeles on Dec. 18, 2022. (Chris Delmas/AFP via Getty Images)

Twitter CEO Musk launched a poll on the social media platform on Sunday asking whether he should step down as head of the company, adding that he would abide by the poll results.

The poll is scheduled to close around 6:20 a.m. ET on Monday although the billionaire did not give details on when he would step down if the poll results said he should.

Replying to one Twitter user’s comment on 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 leader to run the company.

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

Minutes before the poll, Musk apologized and wrote on Twitter that “Going forward, there will be a vote for major policy changes.”

A few hours later, Twitter started a poll asking users if the platform should have a policy preventing accounts that advertise other social media platforms on Twitter.

The policy update would impact content from social media platforms like Meta Platforms’ Facebook and Instagram, along with Mastodon, Truth Social, Tribel, Nostr, and Post while allowing cross-content posting, Twitter support said in a tweet.

Former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, who recently invested in social media platform Nostr, replied to the Twitter support post with one word: “Why?” In a reply to another user posting about the Nostr promotion ban, Dorsey said, “doesn’t make sense.”

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

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

The policy change follows other chaotic actions at Twitter since Elon Musk, who is also the CEO of Tesla, bought the social network. He fired top management and laid off about half of its workforce, while seesawing on how much to charge for subscription service Twitter Blue.

Musk also suspended the accounts of several journalists over a controversy on publishing public data about the billionaire’s plane.

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

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