Musk polls Twitter users about whether he should step down
Billionaire Elon Musk tweeted for the first time since losing an online poll that asked users if he should step down as CEO of Twitter and told them he would “stand by the results.”
The poll attracted more than 17 million voters in just 12 hours, with 57.5 percent voting “yes”.
The Tesla chief responded last night to a suggestion from Kim Dotcom, founder of the once-popular file-sharing site Megaupload, that survey results had been skewed by fake accounts.
Another user suggested that “only blue subscribers should be able to vote in polls related to politics”. Mr. Musk responded by saying, “Good point. Twitter will make that change.”
Twitter Blue is a paid subscription that allows users to purchase a verification badge for their accounts.
His survey follows recent uproar over a policy that banned users from linking to some rival social media sites, including Facebook, Instagram and Mastodon.
Then Twitter reversed the policy within hours. “Going forward, there will be a vote on major policy changes. My apologies. It won’t happen again.”
ICYMI | Elon Musk warned about EU sanctions
Officials in Brussels have warned Elon Musk that Twitter could face “sanctions” shortly after a series of journalists were kicked off its platform.
European Commissioner Vera Jourova said the suspensions were “alarming” and that EU law protects media freedom. “The news of the arbitrary suspension of journalists on Twitter is concerning,” Ms Jourova said.
The Commissioner, who is the European Commission Vice-President for Values and Transparency, said: “The EU Digital Services Act requires respect for media freedom and fundamental rights. This is reinforced within the #MediaFreedomAct framework.
“Elon Musk should be aware of this. There are red lines. Sanctions are coming soon.”
Alisha Rehman SarkerDecember 20, 2022 10:00
Does it matter if Musk quits Twitter?
Even if Musk steps back from his role running Twitter, how much will the company change? How much influence does he still have?
Musk will likely continue to own the company for the foreseeable future, and he should still have a role in setting its direction as he tries to increase revenue and cut costs. Twitter is privately owned, which means there are fewer checks on Mr. Musk’s power than there would be if it were still publicly traded.
John Schwartz has more on these questions in an article on The objection.
I am referringDecember 20, 2022 09:30
Journalist calls Elon Musk a hypocrite after banning Twitter
A Business Insider journalist called Elon Musk a “hypocrite” in a recent interview after her Twitter account remained suspended.
Lynette Lopez is one of several journalists whose accounts Twitter chief Elon Musk blocked after he accused them of sharing private information about his whereabouts.
However, while the majority of accounts were reinstated after Musk sought a survey in which people voted to demand the suspension be revoked, Lopez’s account remained blocked.
Blaming him in an interview with MSNBC, Lopez said Mr. Musk is “guilty of all the things he gets angry at the liberal media for doing and he’s never been different.”
“We all just see it,” she told the outlet. “The reason I feel suspended is because Elon didn’t want them to see him as a (sic) hypocrite.”
Alisha Rehman SarkerDecember 20, 2022 09:00
Press freedom groups condemn Musk’s ban on journalists
Musk, a billionaire self-proclaimed champion of free speech, has been condemned by press freedom and civil rights groups for temporarily banning journalists who shared publicly available information about the whereabouts of his private jet.
Mr. Musk’s leadership of Twitter has alarmed a number of journalists who use the site for professional purposes, prompting some to leave the platform or consider leaving the platform for competitors such as Mastadoon and Post News.
I am referringDecember 20, 2022 08:30
Over a million votes for Snoop Dogg to run Twitter
American rapper Snoop Dogg has posed himself to run Twitter, collecting more than 1 million votes in an online poll to take over from Elon Musk.
The 51-year-old mocked Musk after the head of SpaceX and Tesla tweeted a poll asking if he should step down as CEO of Twitter, amid a tumultuous takeover of the social media platform. The results showed that 57.5% voted in favor of the billionaire’s resignation.
“Should I turn on Twitter?” Snoop Dogg asked his followers yesterday morning.
Within 10 hours of writing the tweet, he had already collected more than 1 million votes and an overwhelming “yes” result of 81.8 percent.
Alisha Rehman SarkerDecember 20, 2022 08:00
The new Liz Truss?
Marie Le Conte wrote on Monday that Elon Musk on Twitter reminds her of Blaise Truss as prime minister — a doomed figure who will eventually be forced out.
Ms. Truss has been known to last only a few weeks at 10 Downing Street, and while Mr. Musk’s oversight of Twitter has already lasted longer than her tenure as prime minister, he faces a number of crises that could force him to step back from his role in running the company. .
I am referringDecember 20, 2022 07:30
Senator Warren warns Tesla board about Musk’s moves on Twitter
Senator Elizabeth Warren has written to Tesla’s chairman to express concern that CEO Elon Musk has failed to live up to his responsibilities to the company since completing his purchase of social media platform Twitter less than two months ago.
In her letter to Robyn Denholm, Ms. Warren wrote that she was concerned that Tesla’s board had “failed in its legal duty” to ensure that Mr. Musk was acting in the best interests of the publicly traded company and questioned how the board would function. Dealing with questions about “conflicts of interest, misappropriation of company assets, and other actions by Musk that appear not to be in the interest of Tesla and its shareholders.”
Musk remained in charge of Tesla in the wake of his purchase of Twitter, which left him liable for $13 billion in debt.
Alisha Rehman SarkerDecember 20, 2022 07:00
Musk on Twitter: A timeline
Need a refresher on everything that’s happened since Mr. Musk came to Twitter? you’re not the only one.
Mr. Musk’s brief and turbulent tenure at the social media company has seen a rise in hate speech on the website, the reinstatement of a number of far-right accounts including that of former President Donald Trump, the suspension of journalists, and the introduction of paid subscription. Service and the departure of a number of advertisers.
Here’s a timeline of all the rule changes to get you involved.
I am referringDecember 20, 2022 06:30
Musk says future policy polls are only for those who pay him
Billionaire Elon Musk said only Twitter Blue subscribers will be able to vote in future polls related to politics on the platform in his first comments since millions of users voted for him to step down as CEO of the site.
On Sunday, the Tesla boss said he would “stand by” the outcome of the poll, which he created, and asked Twitter users if he should step down. The result was confirmed by 57.5 percent of the more than 17.5 million accounts that voted saying he should quit office.
His silence was finally broken just before 11:30 p.m., when he responded with “interesting” to a suggestion from Kim Dotcom, founder of the once-popular file-sharing website Megaupload, that poll results had been skewed by fake accounts.
Alisha Rehman SarkerDecember 20, 2022 06:00
What is the motive behind Misk’s reconnaissance maneuver?
What is the driving force behind Mr. Musk’s possible departure from Twitter? There may be more to the situation than meets the eye.
James Moore reports that other parts of Musk’s business empire are under threat from Musk’s highly publicized and controversial tenure as head of Twitter.
I am referringDecember 20, 2022 05:30
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