Asked if Elon Musk should quit Twitter, 57.5% of users said yes
Internal referendum practice turns against Elon Musk. In the survey launched by the billionaire on Twitter, the majority of participants voted for the entrepreneur to give up the management of the social network this Monday, December 19. 17.5 million votes and the final result: 57.5% of tweeters said they were in favor of him leaving. Elon Musk promised to respect the result, but did not immediately react.
“Should I leave Twitter management? »he asked the billionaire on the social network from Sunday to Monday night. “I will follow the results of this inquiry”.
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In an exchange with one of his Twitter followers, Elon Musk confirmed that he has no designated successor. In another message, he indicated that the platform “On the Fast Track to Bankruptcy”. Since taking over the platform in late October, the Tesla and SpaceX boss has sparked controversy by cutting half of Twitter’s workforce, restoring suspended accounts, suspending journalists’ accounts and launching a new paid subscription. .
“From the botched subscription plan to the banning of journalists to the daily political debates, it’s been a whirlwind of advertisers fleeing and leaving Twitter to widen its deficit”Wedbush Securities analyst Dan Ives estimated the company’s potential losses at $4 billion a year.
Journalists banned from Twitter, new rules… Fifteenth crazy week for Elon Musk
A new twist on usage rules
The survey, initiated by Elon Musk, took place after the new decision of the social network, which caused great reactions. Twitter announced Sunday that it will no longer be possible to post links to rival networks such as Facebook, Instagram, Mastodon or Truth Social, Donald Trump’s social network.
It is now forbidden to tweet a message like this: “Thanks for following me @ID on Instagram”“, the platform said. These new rules have caused confusion among many users, including Twitter co-founder and former CEO Jack Dorsey.
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Elon Musk made the decision after suspending certain accounts under this new rule, including those of investor Paul Graham. He initially tweeted that the policy would be limited to that instead of targeting individual tweets “Only suspend accounts if the primary purpose of that account is to promote competitors”. The stormy billionaire later claimed “Major political changes” it would be the subject of systematic voting on the social network.
Journalists were fired
Last week, Elon Musk deleted the accounts of several American journalists from CNN, “New York Times” and “Washington Post”, and then restored them, which caused the reaction of the European Union and the United Nations. The vice president of the European Commission even threatened the entrepreneur with sanctions.
The multibillionaire first suspended his @ElonJet account on Wednesday, which automatically reports private jet travel, and then the accounts of journalists who tweeted about the decision, accusing him of putting his family at risk. These were restored on Saturday, but some said they needed to delete certain posts if they wanted to fully use the platform.
Washington Post journalist Taylor Lorenz’s Twitter account was also suspended for several hours on Saturday evening. “Elon Musk suspended my Twitter account”, said a journalist who covers the technology sector for the Washington Post on his blog. His account was restored on Sunday.
After Elon Musk took the helm of Twitter, he reinstated many banned accounts, including Donald Trump’s. It also ended the fight against disinformation related to Covid-19. On the other hand, he suspended the account of rapper Kanye West after the publication of several messages deemed anti-Semitic and refused to return to the platform of far-right assassin Alex Jones.