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Twitter: Internet users vote overwhelmingly in favor of Elon Musk's resignation


A majority of participants in a poll launched by Elon Musk on Twitter voted on Monday for the entrepreneur to abandon the direction of the social network. Out of more than 17 million voters, 57.5% of...

The poll launched by Elon Musk on Twitter shows that a majority of users want him to leave the management of the social network.

According to the final results, stopped Monday, December 19, at midday, of the more than 17.5 million network users who participated in the survey, 57.5% of the participants were in favor of a departure from 'Twitter's Elon Musk. 

A commitment to respect the result 

"Should I leave the management of Twitter?" Asked the billionaire overnight from Sunday to Monday on the social network. 

"I will stick to the results of this poll," he promised. 

Should I step down as head of Twitter?

I will abide by the results of this poll.

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 18, 2022  

In an exchange with one of his Twitter followers, Elon Musk assured that he had no designated successor.

He said in another post that the platform was "on the fast track to bankruptcy." 

Elon Musk, source of many controversies 

Since the takeover at the end of October, the boss of Tesla and SpaceX has sparked numerous controversies by laying off half of Twitter's workforce, reinstating suspended accounts, suspending those of journalists and seeking to launch a new paid subscription. 

"From the botched subscription plan to the banning of journalists to daily political controversies, it's been an all-out storm as advertisers fled, leaving Twitter to widen its deficit," noted analyst Dan Ives of Wedbush. Securities, which estimates the company's potential losses at $4 billion a year. 

According to investment adviser Gary Black, Elon Musk is also under pressure from Tesla's board of directors to let go of the reins of Twitter and refocus on the automaker, whose stock has fallen more than 33% since the start. acquisition of the social network. 

"The numbers are hard to ignore," tweeted Gary Black. 

I have to believe $TSLA outside directors are putting pressure on Elon to give up his role as $TWTR CEO.

It's hard to ignore the numbers since TWTR deal closed on 10/27 ( $TSLA -33% vs NDX unch'd) while 10yrTY have DROPPED from 3.92% to 3.48% on Friday.

— Gary Black (@garyblack00) December 19, 2022  

The survey launched by the new boss of Twitter came after a new decision by the social network that caused a lot of reaction. 

Misunderstanding of the new rules 

Twitter announced on Sunday that it would no longer be possible to post links to competing networks, such as Facebook, Instagram, Mastodon or Truth Social, Donald Trump's social network. 

It is now prohibited to tweet a message like: "Thank you for following me @ID on Instagram", indicated the platform. 

These new rules have aroused the misunderstanding of many users, including Jack Dorsey, the co-founder and former boss of Twitter. 

After the suspension of certain accounts under this new rule, including that of investor Paul Graham, Elon Musk qualified his decision.  

He first tweeted that instead of targeting individual tweets, the policy would be limited to "suspending accounts only when the primary purpose of that account is promoting competitors." 

The stormy billionaire then claimed that “major political changes” on the social network would systematically be subject to a vote. 

Accounts suspended 

Last week, Elon Musk deleted and then restored the accounts of several American journalists from CNN, the New York Times and the Washington Post in particular, causing the European Union and the UN to react.

The Vice-President of the European Commission even threatened the entrepreneur with sanctions. 

The multi-billionaire first suspended @elonjet on Wednesday, an account that automatically reported his private jet trips, then those of journalists who had tweeted about the decision, accusing them of putting his family at risk. 

These were reinstated on Saturday, but some said they were told to delete certain posts if they wanted to make full use of the platform. 

On Saturday evening, the Twitter account of a Washington Post journalist, Taylor Lorenz, was in turn suspended for several hours. 

"Elon Musk has suspended my Twitter account," said the journalist, who covers the technology sector, on her blog.

His account was restored on Sunday. 

Since taking over the reins of Twitter, Elon Musk has reinstated many banned accounts, including Donald Trump's.

He also put an end to the fight against disinformation linked 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 the return to the platform of far-right conspirator Alex Jones. 

With AFP and Reuters 

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