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

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Voting is expected to close around 11.20am on Monday (Picture: Getty Images)

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

On Sunday, Musk launched a poll on Twitter, asking if he should step down from the company’s leadership, adding that he would respect the poll’s results.

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

However, the scales could still tip in favor of Musk, as 57.4% voted “Yes” while 42.6% voted “No”.

Polling is expected to close around 11.20am on Monday, although the billionaire did not give details on when he would step down if the poll results indicate so.

Musk is used to making big decisions based on Twitter poll results.

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

The poll comes after Twitter’s policy update on Sunday banned accounts created solely for the purpose of promoting other social media companies and content containing links or usernames for competing platforms.

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

Hours later, Twitter’s official security officer launched a poll asking users whether the platform should have a policy preventing accounts from advertising other social media platforms on Twitter.

The policy update would impact content on social media platforms like Meta’s Facebook and Instagram, as well as Mastodon, Truth Social, Tribel, Nostr and Post while allowing cross-posting of content, the support said. Twitter in a tweet.

Former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, who recently invested in social media platform Nostr, responded to Twitter’s support message with one word: “Why?”.

In a response to another user posting about the Nostr promotion being banned, Dorsey said, “That makes no sense.”

Short-form 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 group of volunteers formed in 2016 to advise the social media platform on decisions relating to the site.

The policy change follows other chaotic moves at Twitter since Tesla’s CEO bought the social network.

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

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

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

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

Musk told a Delaware court last month that he would cut back on his time on Twitter and eventually find a new executive to run the company.

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