Elon Musk, Twitter’s owner, is putting his future as CEO up for a vote among the social media site’s users.
He took a poll of his 122 million followers on Twitter and stated, “Should I step down as head of the”I will abide by the findings.”
Since taking over Twitter, the tech mogul, who is also behind Tesla and Space X, has been the target of some harsh criticism.
In an October $44 billion ($36 billion) agreement, Mr. Musk finally gained ownership of the firm after legal wrangling.
Mr. Musk also tweeted that going forward, big policy changes will be put to a vote.
Should I step down as head of Twitter? I will abide by the results of this poll.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 18, 2022
In light of recent news that Twitter would ban accounts whose main purpose is to advertise competing social networks, we thought it would be interesting to see what kind of reaction this poll would get.
The company said in a tweet that this will also affect accounts that have Facebook, Instagram, Mastodon, Truth Social, Tribel, Nostr, or Post usernames or are linked to them.
However, publishing material from other sites will be permitted.
Even Jack Dorsey, the former CEO of Twitter and a recent investor in Nostr, said, “Why?” in response to the tweet.
In response to a user’s post about the restriction on Nostr promotions, Dorsey said, “Doesn’t make sense.”
Taylor Lorenz, a writer for the Washington Post, was suspended on Saturday for breaking the new rule before it was made public.
She tweeted a link to the tweet she said got her banned after being unbanned on Sunday.
After Mr. Musk took over Twitter, many users switched to Mastodon, which they couldn’t do before because Twitter wouldn’t let them post links to that service.
However, Twitter acknowledged that many of its users are also active on other social media sites in a series of tweets sent on Sunday. As of right now, however, we will no longer permit the unrestricted advertising of specific social networking sites on Twitter. In particular, we will delete accounts that were made just to promote other social media sites, as well as any posts that include ads for Facebook, Instagram, Mastodon, Truth Social, Tribel, Nostr, or Post.
Some tweets that may be considered inappropriate are “follow me @username on Instagram” and “look out my profile on Facebook at facebook.com/username,” as explained in a blog post.
It was also said that breaking the rules by trying to get around them would be a crime.
In the case of a first offense or an “isolated event,” a user may be requested to remove the offending tweets or have their accounts temporarily disabled.
On the other hand, “permanent suspension” was the punishment for repeat offenders.
However, users will still be able to post to Twitter from restricted platforms, and advertisements from restricted platforms will still be viewable.
Casually sharing occasional links is fine, but no more relentless advertising of competitors for free, which is absurd in the extreme
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 18, 2022
A few hours after the announcement, Mr. Musk seemed to contradict it by tweeting that “casually sharing infrequent links is acceptable, but no more constant promotion of rivals for free, which is ludicrous in the extreme.”
Meanwhile, the CEO of one of the banned sites, Post, touted his site in a tweet shortly after the news.
Because “none of us exclusively use one platform,” Noam Bardin tweeted, “We make it simple to add all your social media connections to your profile.”
Since Mr. Musk purchased Twitter for $44 billion (£36 billion) in October, there has been a rush of contentious adjustments.
He has dismissed around half of the company’s employees and tried a sloppy launch of Twitter’s paid-for verification function before pausing the rollout. The update was just released again this past week.
By criticizing how he handles content, some civil liberties groups have said that the billionaire is doing things that could help spread hate speech and false information.
After the European Union and the United Nations said it was an attack on the freedom of the press, he gave back the jobs of a number of journalists he had fired for allegedly telling where he was.
It has been reported that journalists for the New York Times, CNN, and the Washington Post have all been locked out of their accounts.