|Elon Musk Could Resign as Twitter CEO Today, Asks Twitter Users to Vote on His Future|
Elon Musk has tweeted a ballot asking Twitter customers to determine whether or not or not he ought to step down as CEO, and promising he’ll abide by the outcome. The ballot is open until roughly 4:30pm India time, or 3am PST, and so the outcome might be identified quickly. Musk has had a tumultuous few months as CEO, shedding 1000’s of Twitter’s employees and implementing huge coverage adjustments such because the botched rollout of a repurposed Twitter Blue premium subscription plan and reversing bans on a number of controversial personalities and organisations together with former US President Donald Trump.
Should I step down as head of Twitter? I’ll abide by the outcomes of this ballot.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 18, 2022
Musk has beforehand acknowledged that he didn’t wish to function CEO of Twitter for long, indicating that he would discover another person for the job. He is presently CEO of Tesla Inc, SpaceX, The Boring Company, Neuralink, and the Musk Foundation. He has not too long ago faced criticism for neglecting his different jobs, notably by distinguished Tesla shareholders. Amid studies of advertisers leaving the platform and a major drop in revenue, Musk has been focused on generating income however has stated bankruptcy is feasible for the social networking platform.
His tenure as CEO has been controversial, beginning with a huge round of layoffs and encouraging extra employees to stop or work “extremely hardcore” hours. He has additionally made basic adjustments to Twitter as a platform and has acted to dismantle a lot of the platform’s content moderation capabilities within the title of selling freedom of speech. He has feuded with Apple CEO Tim Cook a couple of promoting income and Apple’s 30 percent cut of in-app transactions. As for product adjustments, he has advised that the character restrict for tweets might go up to 4,000, essentially altering the aim of the platform, and has additionally indicated that every one customers will be capable to edit Tweets after posting them.
Musk not too long ago polled Twitter users about whether or not to reinstate Donald Trump’s suspended account, though it was not clear whether or not any measures had been taken to forestall vote manipulation. This got here after a promise to solely make selections about content material moderation and account reinstatements by a “content moderation council with broadly numerous viewpoints”. However, Musk later instructed firm workers that the proposed council would solely be “advisory” and he could be the ultimate arbiter of all such selections anyway. It is unclear whether or not such a council was ever established, and in the meantime Twitter’s current Trust and Safety Council has additionally since been disbanded.
Most not too long ago, Musk was within the information for immediately banning the accounts of multiple journalists who cowl Twitter, in addition to an account that reposts public-domain details about the movements of his private jet after explicitly promising to not. Musk has beforehand referred to himself as a “free speech absolutist”.