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Billionaire and Twitter CEO, Elon Musk. Image: Twitter/@lonmusk

Twitter elections: Elon Musk asks Tweeps to vote if he should quit

South African-born billionaire Elon Musk wants Twitter users to decide if he should continue his duties as the company CEO.

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Billionaire and Twitter CEO, Elon Musk. Image: Twitter/@lonmusk

South African-born billionaire and new Twitter boss Elon Musk is leaving his fate as the company’s CEO in the hands of tweeps.

On Sunday 18 December, the Tesla CEO set a poll that he said he will “abide by” to decide if he should continue as Twitter chief or not.

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Billionaire Elon Musk.
Billionaire Elon Musk. Image: Twitter.


In a tweet to his 122 million followers, Musk wrote: “Should I step down as head… I will abide by the results…”

With over two hours left of the poll Monday 19 December, over 13 million people had voted and 57% those people want him to step down.

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Musk has received heavy criticism since taking control of the company in October in a $44bn (R777 billion) deal.

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In his first week he fired half of the staff in his first week. And a month later, he gave remaining employees an ultimatum to pledge working under his new hard-charging culture or join the fired staff. Many opted for the latter.

The poll comes as Twitter revealed it will shut down accounts solely designed to promote other social media platforms. This decision would also affect accounts that link to or has usernames from platforms such as Instagram, Facebook, Truth Social, Tribel, Nostr, Mastodon and Post, the company said in a tweet.

“We recognize that many of our users are active on other social media platforms. However, we will no longer allow free promotion of certain social media platforms on Twitter.

“Specifically, we will remove accounts created solely for the purpose of promoting other social platforms and content that contains links or usernames for the following platforms: Facebook, Instagram, Mastodon, Truth Social, Tribel, Nostr and Post,” Twitter explained.

After the tweet, former Twitter boss Jack Dorsey, who recently invested in Nostr, replied with one word: “Why?”.

In a reply to another user posting about the Nostr promotion ban, Dorsey said, “doesn’t make sense”.

However, Elon Musk seemed to contradict himself in a tweet when he replied that “casually sharing occasional links is fine, but no more relentless advertising of competitors for free, which is absurd in the extreme”.