Elon Musk is leaving is resignation in the hands of users when it comes to Twitter.
Late Sunday evening, the Tesla founder posted a poll to the social media app asking his more than 120 million followers and other users whether or not he should take a step back from his role with the company.
‘Should I step down as head of Twitter? I will abide by the results of this poll,’ the Chief Twit posted just before 6.30pm.
In less than two hours, the poll had received more than 5.3 million votes, with a majority in favor of Musk stepping down. Those results may have triggered Musk’s follow up tweet: ‘As the saying goes, be careful what you wish, as you might get it.’
Elon Musk, 51, is putting his future with Twitter in the hands of the app’s users
‘Should I step down as head of Twitter? I will abide by the results of the poll,’ Musk asked
Just after 8pm Eastern Standard Time, 58 per cent of voters voted ‘yes’ to him stepping down, an estimated 3,208,000 voters.
The responses to Musk’s tweets were varied to say the least, with many Twitter users sharing the poll in hopes the results will stay in favor of him departing, while others flooded his comments begging him to stay.
‘People voting yes do realize that Elon is still going to own Twitter, he’s just going to find someone to take on the day to day operations, but have say in everything, sooo your yes vote is meaningless,’ wrote USA Today sports writer Steve Rudden.
‘I’m not sure this is the most scientific way to make a decision like this,’ said Vanity Fair special correspondent Molly Jong Fast.
‘I vote no. Because you show that you want to improve. Own your mistakes. Move forward. Improve,’ said one person.
‘Let me predict the consequences of this poll: If “yes,” Elon will be CEO for a few months longer until he finds a devoted successor. If “no,” Elon will be CEO for a few months longer until he finds a devoted successor,’ said one Twitter user.
The reactions to Musk’s question have been mixed
Some on the app questioned whether or not the poll is the best way to make the decision
One person stated they believe regardless of the results, Musk will step down in a few months
Musk has caught flack in recent days and weeks over his handling of the app, including his recent suspension of notable journalists who have covered him.
On Saturday evening, he kicked Washington Post writer Taylor Lorenz off the app after she was accused of revealing the exact address of TikTok talent scout Ariadna Jacob in a 2020 article.
Lorenz confirmed she was booted from the platform on Saturday night in a TikTok video without but Musk said less than 12 hours later he would be lifting her ban.
‘Temp suspension due to prior doxxing action by this account,’ Musk wrote in response to a Tweet about Lorenz’s ban. ‘Will be lifted shortly.’
Musk kicked Lorenz off the app over a ‘doxxing’ she did in a 2020 article
Taylor Lorenz’s Twitter profile is back online after she was removed by Elon Musk for previously doxxing a TikTok talent scout in a 2020 article
Musk took similar action Friday night when he reinstated nine journalists he had suspended the day before.
The tech giant left the decision to reinstate those accounts up to users in another poll decided by app users.
‘The people have spoken. Accounts who doxxed my location will have their suspension lifted now,’ Musk said in a Friday evening tweet.
The Twitter owner on Thursday banned journalists from CNN, Washington Post, New York Times and other outlets after they reported on his decision to block an account charting his private jet use.
‘Let that sink in’ Musk said in a video from his first day walking into Twitter HQ
Last week, the Chief Twit also sparked outrage after he launched a series of attacks at Dr. Anthony Fauci, chief medical advisor to President Joe Biden.
In one tweet, Musk claimed his ‘pronouns are prosecute/Fauci,’ which caused many to react to his commentary on announcing pronouns as well as vitriol against the infectious disease expert.
In another tweet, Musk showed the Dr. Fauci’s face photoshopped into a meme, whispering ‘just one more lockdown, my king,’ to U.S. President Joe Biden.
Musk said: ‘Fauci lied to Congress and funded gain-of-function research that killed millions of people. Not awesome. imo.’
Elon Musk called for Dr. Anthony Fauci to be prosecuted in one tweet last week
Musk issued a superimposed photo of Fauci as the peasant and Biden as the king