An online poll overwhelmingly urges Elon Musk to step down as CEO of Twitter

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If there was one word to describe Elon Musk’s time as CEO of Twitter so far, it would be turmoil. What began as an era devoted to the ideals of free speech was soon marred by expediency and the necessity to retain major advertisers, with Musk’s signature dash providing a defining shade of storm for this saga.

Perhaps, as a nod to public perception of Twitter’s inactivity or as a result of a sudden appearance, Elon Musk commissioned an online survey a few hours ago to gauge whether he should continue as CEO of Twitter. With only 5 minutes left for this poll to end and more than 17 million votes have been cast, 57.5 percent of respondents think Musk should step down from the top spot at the social media giant.

As mentioned earlier, Elon Musk’s tenure at number one on Twitter has been nothing but smooth sailing so far. Back in late October, when the super-billionaire was just taking over the social media giant as a result of a $44 billion deal, Musk announced the creation of a “widely diverse” content board to serve as a focal point for decisions about censorship and recalculation policies. However, this board has not been activated.

Then came a set of reviews about Twitter Blue’s strategy as the global city square faced a major upsurge from major advertisers, with many opting to pause their ads on the platform until more clarity emerged on Twitter’s future direction. Twitter Blue finally launched a few days ago, with the web-based version costing $7.99 and iOS $11 per month. All Twitter Blue users are now given the blue “Verified” badge, but changing their ID, display name, or profile picture will automatically restart the verification process. Verified companies now get gold badges, while government and “multilateral” accounts get gray badges.

Back, Elon Musk initially chose to define his approach to the controversial issue of free speech as tolerating “problematic” content while limiting “freedom of access.” But over the past few weeks, this utopia has somehow gotten lost in the maze of Twitter’s inner workings. While Elon Musk revived former US President Trump’s Twitter account after an online poll, he suspended Ye’s (Kanye West) account for “inciting violence.”

Then, last week, Elon Musk arbitrarily banned a number of high-profile journalists for “defaming” his site at one point or another. The move came after Musk banned an ElonJet account for posting his private location data, which reportedly led to a troubling altercation involving his infant son. The banned accounts of journalists were later reinstated.

This brings us to today, in addition to commissioning an online poll regarding his role at Twitter, Elon Musk has also vowed that major changes to the global city arena will now only be implemented after taking into account the results of similar online polls.

Meanwhile, Elon Musk has already started scaring off potential CEO candidates on Twitter, judging by the above tweet. After all, the company faces about $1 billion in annual interest payments after $13 billion in debt that Musk took on as part of his financing for the Twitter acquisition. It’s no surprise that Musk has been seeking additional funding in recent days.

Meanwhile, word on the street that the Saudis and Qataris, who hold a stake in Twitter, have urged Elon Musk to find a “suitable” CEO for the social media platform prompted a surge in today’s online poll.

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