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Twitter Users Say Elon Musk Should Quit as C.E.O.


Elon Musk asked Twitter users Sunday night if he should step down as head of the social media site. Greater than 17 million votes were solid and delivered a transparent verdict: 57.5 percent said he should quit, in a Twitter “poll” that closed on Monday.

Mr. Musk had said that he would abide by the outcomes of the vote.

If he follows through, Mr. Musk can be handing over the reins of the corporate that he bought for $44 billion in late October. The turbulent weeks since then have been marked by mass layoffs at the corporate, falling promoting sales, executive resignations and various high-profile user accounts suspended for infractions of newly invented policy.

On Sunday, Twitter announced a policy to forestall users from sharing links and user names from other social platforms, like Instagram, Facebook and Mastodon, after which apparently curtailed the identical policy.

But for some users, including former supporters of Mr. Musk, the chaotic weekend was a breaking point.

Mr. Musk’s latest actions with Twitter were “the last straw,” Paul Graham, a founding father of the start-up accelerator Y Combinator, tweeted on Sunday. Mr. Graham had supported Mr. Musk’s takeover, but on Sunday he wrote, “I quit. You’ll find a link to my recent Mastodon profile on my site.” His account was briefly suspended.

Last week, Twitter suspended about two dozen accounts that tracked the locations of personal planes, including one which followed Mr. Musk’s private jet, justifying the choice with a recent policy that banned accounts in the event that they shared one other person’s “live location.” The accounts of some journalists from The Recent York Times, The Washington Post, CNN and other outlets, were also suspended last week, seemingly under the identical policy, after which reinstated after Mr. Musk asked users in the event that they must be allowed back. Fifty-nine percent responded yes, in a Twitter “poll” with 3.7 million votes.

After asking users whether he should stay on as chief executive of Twitter, Mr. Musk said in one other tweet: “Nobody wants the job who can actually keep Twitter alive. There isn’t a successor.”

There are signs that Mr. Musk’s ownership and concentrate on Twitter are interfering along with his other business ventures. Since Mr. Musk acquired Twitter, the worth of Tesla has sunk. The automotive company’s share price was $225 on Oct. 27, the day Mr. Musk accomplished the acquisition of Twitter. On Friday, Tesla shares closed at $150.

Last week, Mr. Musk disclosed that he had sold one other $3.6 billion value of Tesla stock. This 12 months, Mr. Musk has now sold $23 billion value of Tesla stock, much of it after he pledged in April to stop selling shares to finance his Twitter deal.

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