Twitter users vote for Elon Musk to step down

In a poll posted to Twitter that ended on Monday morning, CEO Elon Musk invited users of the social media service to determine the future of the company.

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In a poll posted to his Twitter account on Sunday evening, Musk asked, “Should I step down as head of Twitter?” and noted in the post, “I will abide by the results of this poll.” However, shortly after the poll closed Musk had not announced if he would follow through with his threat.

More than 17.5 million people voted in the poll, which closed just before 6:30 a.m. EST and nearly 58% of users indicated that Musk should step down.

Musk created the poll less than 24 hours after reinstating the suspended accounts of several journalists, whom the billionaire had accused of violating the platform’s rules regarding personal privacy. Musk restored the accounts after a majority of responses in a Twitter poll voted for the suspensions to be lifted, The New York Times reported.

He also introduced new rules that prohibited what he called “free promotion” including promotion of other social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and Truth social, The Washington Post reported.

After creating the poll, Musk followed up with other tweets that warned users, “As the saying goes, be careful what you wish, as you might get it,” CNN reported.

Elon Musk purchased Twitter in October for $44 billion and named himself chief executive officer. Since then, he has laid off approximately half the company’s 7,500 employees, issued ultimatums designed to change office culture, and changed the rules for the social media platform, The Washington Post reported.

In responses to questions about the future of Twitter should he step down as CEO, Musk said he had not identified a successor, The New York Times reported.

He went as far as tweeting, “No one wants the job who can actually keep Twitter alive. There is no successor. The question is not finding a CEO, the question is finding a CEO who can keep Twitter alive,” CNN reported.

Check back for more on this developing story.