Elon Musk lost a poll on whether he should remain head of Twitter (TWTR) Monday. “Should I step down as the head of Twitter?” Musk asked hundreds of millions of Twitter users, noting, “I will abide by the results of this poll.”
“As the saying goes, be careful what you wish, as you might get it,” Musk tweeted after posting the poll. As the poll closed, more than 17.5M had responded, with 57.5% saying “Yes.”
It is unclear whether Musk has succession planning in mind for Twitter if users vote him out. In October, Musk, the world’s richest man until recently, completed his $44B acquisition of Twitter, leading to the immediate resignations of its then Chief Executive Parag Agrawal and Chief Financial Officer Ned Segal.
Musk also said in a follow-up tweet that “there will be a vote for major policy changes” at the company in the future. “My apologies. Won’t happen again,” he added amid uproar over Twitter’s decision to suspend some journalists from the social media platform. However, Elon Musk later reinstated the accounts of several journalists, including those from the New York Times, CNN, and the Washington Post.
The poll comes days after Tesla (TSLA) shares reached a 52-week low amid investor concerns over Musk’s Twitter distraction. On Friday, media reports indicated that Musk reached out to one of the automaker’s investors, seeking additional funds for the deal.
Meanwhile, in a significant policy shift, Twitter announced Sunday it would no longer allow users to promote their accounts on at least seven other major social media sites, including Facebook and Instagram of Meta Platforms (META).
“We recognize that many of our users are active on other social media platforms. However, we will no longer allow free promotion of certain social media platforms on Twitter,” Twitter Support said. “Specifically, we will remove accounts created solely for the purpose of promoting other social platforms and content that contains links or usernames for the following platforms: Facebook, Instagram, Mastodon, Truth Social, Tribel, Nostr, and Post.”