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.”
Will Elon Musk’s Twitter antics destroy Tesla?
Tesla investors are said to be angry at what they see as a major distraction for Musk. The electric car maker is currently experiencing its biggest share sell-off since it went public 12 years ago (see chart below), and the CEO’s actions on Twitter are seen as a significant factor in that $600 billion tranche.
We heard from Antoine Argog, founder of ethical investment group Tulipshare:
Anthony CuthbertsonDecember 20, 2022 16:39
Elon Musk shares latest ‘Twitter Files’ claims
The head of Twit — at least for now — is back on Twitter.
Ignoring current speculation about who might replace him at the social media company, Musk has instead returned to his other favorite topic of recent days: The Twitter Files.
“The government has paid Twitter millions of dollars to censor information from the public,” he wrote, while retweeting “Part VII” of the Twitter files.
“Other social media companies too, not just Twitter,” he added.
Anthony CuthbertsonDecember 20, 2022 15:40
Elon Musk is “actively looking” for a new Twitter CEO
Elon Musk is said to be “actively looking” for a new CEO for Twitter, according to sources cited by CNBC.
There’s no word on who a potential successor might be, though several characters have come forward with their names – including rapper Snoop Dogg and computer scientist Lex Friedman.
“The question is not finding a CEO, the question is finding a CEO who can keep Twitter alive,” Musk tweeted Sunday night.
Anthony CuthbertsonDecember 20, 2022 14:50
Tesla stock experienced its worst sell-off since 2010
Tesla shares have taken a hit since Elon Musk’s takeover of Twitter, with some of the electric car maker’s major shareholders lamenting their CEO’s distraction from Twitter.
Since peaking in November 2021, Tesla shares are down more than 62 percent. This is Tesla’s worst sell-off since it went public in 2010.
Musk addressed the stock plunge last Friday, blaming the $600 billion in losses on forces beyond his control. “Tesla performs better than ever!” he is chirp. “We don’t control the Fed. That’s the real problem here.”
Anthony CuthbertsonDecember 20, 2022 14:24
Musk appears to be fueling the idea that bots played a role in Twitter’s poll defeat
On Monday night, Musk appeared to be fueling a theory that bots were to blame for his poll defeat, asking whether he should remain CEO of Twitter.
Earlier Monday, an account with the username Wall Street Silver tweeted a side-by-side comparison of the poll on the question of former President Donald Trump’s reinstating account with the poll on the question of Mr. Musk’s continued leadership on Twitter.
The previous poll had nearly 15 million votes and 836 thousand likes, while the latest poll had nearly 15 million votes and only 312 thousand fans. This led Wall Street Silver to ask, “Did bots colorize yesterday’s Elon poll?”
“Fun,” replied Mr. Musk. It’s not clear why there is any relationship between voting in a Twitter poll and liking a Tweet, which are two different actions that don’t appear to have any direct relationship.
I am referringDecember 20, 2022 13:30
Musk says “no heir”
Even if Elon Musk steps down as head of Twitter, choosing a successor may not be so simple.
“Nobody wants a job that can actually keep Twitter alive,” he tweeted overnight. “There is no heir.”
Among those stepping forward to offer their services is Lex Friedman, an artificial intelligence researcher, computer scientist, and popular podcast host.
“Let me run Twitter for a while,” he tweeted to Musk. “with no salary. All in. Focus on great engineering and increasing the amount of love in the world. Just offering my help in the unlikely case is helpful.”
Musk replied: “You gotta love the pain a lot. One point: you gotta invest your life savings in Twitter and it’s been on the highway to bankruptcy since May. Do you still want the job?”
Alisha Rehman SarkerDecember 20, 2022 13:00
Twitter launches the new Twitter Blue for Business feature
Twitter on Monday did not announce Musk’s resignation as CEO, but a new Twitter Blue feature for businesses that “allows companies to differentiate their brands and key employees on Twitter.”
Businesses will now be marked with square profile photos and gold checkmarks, instead of the round photos and blue checkmarks of other accounts. Existing verified companies have already been integrated into the new program and now have gold checkmarks and square images.
Twitter is currently piloting the program with a select number of companies and plans to roll it out fully next year.
I am referringDecember 20, 2022 12:30
Voices | Is Elon Musk the new Liz Truss?
Will Elon Musk step down as CEO of Twitter? I have no idea. It may have done so by the time this is posted, or it may not. Maybe make using the letter “a” illegal by then, or ban non-binary people from the app altogether. Who do you know.
Musk tweeted a poll asking users if they think he should step down, and those users — including your columnist — did, at the time of writing, just tell him exactly where to stick with it. It is unclear if anything will change.
On the other hand, what is certain is that the chaos will continue in one form or another for the foreseeable future.
He writes that in the age of Elon Musk, there is no such thing as a quiet news week on Twitter Mary Lou Conte.
Alisha Rehman SarkerDecember 20, 2022 12:00
Twitter’s new policy favors paying subscribers
John Pacey has a summary of Mr. Musk’s announcement Monday night that only paying Twitter subscribers can vote on future issues related to politics.
The announcement came shortly after a majority of Twitter users voted for Musk to step back from his role at the company in an open poll on Sunday.
I am referringDecember 20, 2022 11:30
AOC slams Musk: ‘Get rid of primal fascism’
Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has condemned billionaire Elon Musk after the new head of Twitter suspended the accounts of half a dozen journalists who routinely reported on him and on the social media platform.
In response to the billionaire’s sudden ban on journalists, Ms. Ocasio-Cortez suggested he should get over the primal fascism.
She noted that Mr. Musk was a powerful and highly controversial public figure. “I feel insecure, but slipping into abuse of power + intermittently banning journalists only intensifies those around you,” said the Democratic Rep.
As someone who has been exposed to real and dangerous conspiracies, I understand that. I had no security and witnessed many scary incidents.”
“In fact, many right-wing outlets are now uploading posted photos of my house, my car, etc. At some point you have to disconnect. Maybe try putting your phone down,” I suggested.
Mr. Musk quickly replied, “You first lol.”
Alisha Rehman SarkerDecember 20, 2022 11:00
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