Elon Musk tweeted for the first time after more than 10 million people voted for him to step down as Twitter CEO, saying only paid Twitter Blue subscribers would be able to vote in future policy-related polls.
On Sunday, Musk asked Twitter users whether he should step down as head of the company, promising to abide by the results of his poll. When the poll closed on Monday, 57.5% said he should step down.
Typically a prolific user of the platform, Musk did not tweet immediately after the inquiry. His silence was finally broken when he responded to multiple suggestions in Curious that the poll results had been skewed by fake accounts.
In response to another user’s suggestion that “Blue subscribers should be the only ones able to vote on policy-related polls,” Musk said: “Good point. Twitter will make that change.”
Twitter Blue is a paid subscription that allows anyone to purchase a verified blue token for their account.
As the majority owner of the privately held company, no one can force Musk out, but a series of confusing decisions over the past few days has caused even some of his closest supporters to cut ties with him.
Last week’s decision to ban an account tracking the location of his private jet was followed by a mass suspension of critical journalists reporting on the ban. This in turn led to the migration of some involved users to other social networks, mainly its decentralized competitor Mastodon, whose own account was banned for posting a link to a reactive tracker account on a rival platform.
On Sunday, Musk responded by banning all links to other social networks, including Mastodon, Instagram, Facebook, and even smaller platforms like Nostr, which was used by Twitter founder Jack Dorsey and Linktree. , a homepage builder tool favored by influencers.
That ban was lifted by the end of the day after a survey from the Twitter Safety account; Musk says“Going forward, there will be a vote for major political changes. Sorry. It won’t happen again.”
Musk has a history of using Twitter polls to make important decisions, selling a tenth of his Tesla holdings. After one poll in 2021restoring Donald Trump’s account a second later last month and restoring a number of suspended accounts after the third. “Vox Populi, Vox Dei,” Musk tweeted after Trump’s inquiry.
However, in most cases, he gave the impression that he had already made up his mind before announcing the result. he had already announced the sale of his Tesla assets, for example, long before it was put on the ballot and his plan to restore Trump. was discussed even before Twitter was bought.
The idea of the chief executive stepping down was also hinted at long before the Twitter polls were released. On Nov. 16, he told a Delaware judge that he plans to reduce his time on Twitter and “find someone else to run Twitter over time.”
PA contributed to this report