Musk launches poll on whether he should step down as Twitter CEO

Dec 18 (Reuters) – Twitter Chief Executive Elon Musk launched a poll on the social media platform on Sunday asking whether he should resign as head of the company, adding he would abide by the poll result.

Voting is due to end around 1120 GMT on Monday, although the billionaire did not elaborate on when he would resign if the vote indicated he should.

“There is no successor,” Musk said in response to a Twitter user’s comment about a possible CEO change.

Musk told a Delaware court last month that he would reduce his time at Twitter and eventually find a new leader to run the company.

The poll followed Twitter’s Sunday policy update, which banned accounts created solely to promote other social media companies and content containing links or usernames from rival platforms.

Minutes before the polls, Musk apologized and tweeted: “Going forward, there will be votes on major policy changes.”

Hours later, Twitter opened a poll asking users whether the platform should have a policy to block accounts that advertise on Twitter for other social media platforms.

Twitter support staff said in a tweet that the policy update will affect content from social media platforms such as Meta Platforms (META.O) Facebook and Instagram, as well as Mastodon, Truth Social, Tribel, Nostr and Post, while allowing cross-content publishing.

Former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, who recently invested in social media platform Nostr, responded with one word in a Twitter support thread: “Why?”. “It doesn’t make sense,” Dorsey said, in response to another user’s post about Nostr’s promotional ban.

TikTok, a short-video platform owned by China’s ByteDance Ltd., was not included in the list.

Last week, Twitter disbanded its Trust and Safety Council, a volunteer group formed in 2016 to advise the social media platform on site decisions.

Other chaotic actions by Twitter have prompted policy changes since Elon Musk, who is also Tesla’s (TSLA.O) chief executive, bought the social network. He fired top executives and fired about half of his staff, while back-and-forth discussed how subscription service Twitter Blue would charge.

Musk also suspended the accounts of several journalists amid controversy over their release of public data about the billionaire’s plane.

Musk reinstated the accounts on Friday after drawing criticism from government officials, advocacy groups and several news organizations, with some saying the microblogging platform was jeopardizing press freedom.

Reporting by Urvi Dugar, Kanjyik Ghosh and Maria Ponnezhath in Bengaluru; Editing by Lisa Shumaker and Sam Holmes

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