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Elon Musk Asked Twitter If He Should Step Down as Head — The Majority of Users Said He Should

ANKARA, TURKIYE - OCTOBER 06: In this photo illustration, the image of Elon Musk is displayed on a computer screen and the logo of twitter on a mobile phone in Ankara, Turkiye on October 06, 2022. Muhammed Selim Korkutata / Anadolu Agency
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Twitter owner and CEO Elon Musk shared a poll on the social media platform Sunday afternoon, asking users to answer whether they’d prefer for him to remain head of the company or step down from the position. After roughly 12 hours (and assuming Twitter did not use administrative powers to put a thumb on the scale), the results are in. Over 17 million votes were cast, with 57.5% of voters saying that Musk should step down.

“I will abide by the results of this poll,” Musk’s initial post reads, though he has yet to comment since the poll closed at 3:20 a.m. PST.

A screenshot of the final results as the poll closed.

Musk has been fairly cryptic in his tweets since first publishing the poll. “As the saying goes, be careful what you wish, as you might get it,” he wrote, an hour after the poll opened.

Later on, he tweeted: “Those who want power are the ones who least deserve it.”

Musk sat among dignitaries at the FIFA World Cup final in Qatar on Sunday, where he was seen taking in the nailbiter of a game next to Donald Trump’s son-in-law and former senior adviser Jared Kushner.

It’s not the first time that Musk has asked Twitter users to participate in a yea-or-nay democratic process to weigh in on decisions for the tech company.

On Thursday, Musk shared a poll asking whether Twitter should unsuspend “accounts who doxxed my exact location in real-time” immediately or after a weeklong period. The poll was referring to the suspension of Twitter accounts belonging to a group of journalists who had been covering Musk and the tech industry, including the New York Times’ Ryan Mac, Washington Post’s Drew Harwell, CNN’s Donie O’Sullivan, Mashable’s Matt Binder, the Intercept’s Micah Lee and Tony Webster.

While Musk seems to have followed through on the consensus from that poll, restoring the accounts after a majority of users voted against the weeklong suspension, it remains uncertain whether the CEO will adhere to this one.

Musk’s run as the leader of Twitter has been brief but Odyssean. After taking the company private in late October, he fired the senior management team and laid off roughly 50% of the company’s 7,500 employees. Another large group of workers staged an exodus after Musk issued an ultimatum to staffers, demanding them to be committed to an “extremely hardcore” work environment.

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