Twitter CEO Elon Musk might be following through on his word and stepping down as chief of the social media platform as the results of the poll he launched on Sunday evening on whether he should quit as Twitter CEO showed the majority of users voted in favor of the move.
The poll created following a turbulent time for Musk running the network – that ended on Monday- showed in what was billed as final results that about 57.5% of the 17.5 million Twitter users who took part in it voted “yes”, while 42.5% were against the idea of him stepping down as the head of Twitter.
Musk posted a tweet on Sunday asking Twitter users if he should step down as head of Twitter, promising to abide by the results of the poll he created.
Replying to a user on Twitter who asked who the next CEO of Twitter would be, Musk said that there is no successor, and he also gave no details on when he would step down if the poll results said he should, as it did.
Musk’s leadership of Twitter has been mired in controversy since he bought the social media site in October for $44 billion.
He came under fire last week for suspending several accounts of US journalists who allegedly endangered his family by doxing but has later re-instated their accounts following the criticism from government officials, advocacy groups, and journalism organizations from all over the world, some of which were saying that Twitter was jeopardizing press freedom.
Shortly before starting the poll, Musk also apologized for another move that drew fierce condemnation – banning content that contains links or usernames links to several social media platforms, including Facebook, while allowing cross-content posting.
Twitter received backlash over the weekend after Musk announced policy changes that would’ve banned from the platform the promotion of content from other social media platforms – specifically accounts created solely for the purpose of promoting other social platforms – such as Meta Platforms’ META.O Facebook and Instagram, along with Mastodon, Truth Social, Tribel, Nostr and Post.