(Bloomberg) — Twitter Inc. will limit voting on major political decisions to pay Twitter Blue subscribers, company owner Elon Musk said in one of his first tweets since a poll called for his resignation.
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Responding to a Blue member called Unfiltered Boss, Musk agreed with the suggestion that only subscribers should have a voice in future policy and said: “Twitter will make that change.” A day earlier, the billionaire leader had promised to put all future policy decisions to a vote and offered Twitter users a leadership choice, asking them if he should step down.
More than 10 million or 57.5% of the votes were in favor of Musk’s resignation from the position of head of Twitter. He committed to following up on the result when asking for a vote, but almost a day later he tweeted more than 10 times without directly addressing the result. Musk responded to a tweet suggesting the survey may have been manipulated by bots with one word: “Interesting.”
Musk’s dramatic farewell bid came shortly after he attended the World Cup finals in Qatar, sparking a flurry of trending topics such as ‘YES’ and ‘CEO of Twitter’. He did not identify an alternative leader and went so far as to say that anyone who could do the job would not want it.
Musk has warned that Twitter is at risk of bankruptcy and has created a “tough” working environment for remaining employees after drastic staff cuts. In less than two months at the helm, he’s scared away advertisers, fired some of Twitter’s hottest creators, and turned the service from a reflection of the day’s news into a headline.
After losing the initial poll, Musk, who is also chief executive of Tesla Inc., has been retweeting promotional material for the car company and Twitter’s Blue for Business service. He also responded to an article criticizing rival Toyota Motor Corp’s electric cars with a simple “Wow.”
Shares in Tesla, by far Musk’s most valuable holding, have fallen sharply since the Twitter acquisition, with critics arguing he is spending too much time on the social media company.
(Updates on Musk’s latest tweets in the third paragraph)
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