Musk polls Twitter users on whether he should quit
Billionaire Elon Musk tweeted for the first time since losing an online poll in which he asked users if he should step down as CEO of Twitter and told them he would “comply with results”.
The poll drew more than 17 million voters in just 12 hours, with 57.5% voting ‘yes’.
Last night the Tesla chief responded “interestingly” to a suggestion by Kim Dotcom, founder of the once popular file-sharing website Megaupload, that the poll results were being skewed by fake accounts.
Another user suggested that “Blue subscribers should be the only ones who can vote in policy-related polls.” Mr. Musk responded by saying, “Good point. Twitter will make this change. Twitter Blue is a paid subscription that allows users to purchase a verification badge for their accounts.
His poll follows the latest outcry over a policy banning users from logging into certain rival social media websites, including Facebook, Instagram and Mastodon.
Twitter then reversed the policy within hours. “Going forward, there will be a vote for major policy changes. My apologies. This will not happen again,” he added.
Elon Musk shares latest ‘Twitter Files’ claims
Chief Twit – at least for now – is back on Twitter.
Ignoring current speculation about who might replace him at the social media company, Musk instead returned to his other favorite topic of the past few days: Twitter files.
“Government paid Twitter millions of dollars to censor public information,” he wrote, while retweeting “part 7” of the Twitter files.
“Other social media companies too,” he added, “not just Twitter.”
Anthony CuthbertsonDecember 20, 2022 3:40 p.m.
Elon Musk is ‘actively seeking’ a new CEO for Twitter
Elon Musk is “actively looking” for a new Twitter CEO, according to sources cited by CNBC.
It’s unclear who a potential successor might be, despite several prominent figures coming forward with their names – including rapper Snoop Dogg and computer scientist Lex Fridman.
“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 2:50 p.m.
Tesla stock sees worst selloff since 2010
Tesla shares have taken a hammer blow since Elon Musk’s takeover of Twitter, with some of the electric car maker’s major shareholders lamenting their CEO being distracted by Twitter.
Since peaking in November 2021, Tesla shares are down more than 62%. It is Tesla’s worst sale since its IPO in 2010.
Musk addressed the stock decline last Friday, blaming the $600 billion loss in value on forces beyond his control. “Tesla works better than ever! ” he tweeted. “We don’t control the Federal Reserve. That’s the real problem here. »
Anthony CuthbertsonDecember 20, 2022 2:24 p.m.
Musk seems to fuel the idea that bots played a role in the Twitter poll defeat
On Monday night, Mr Musk appeared to fuel a theory that bots were to blame for his loss in the poll asking whether he should remain CEO of Twitter.
Earlier on Monday, an account with the username Wall Street Silver tweeted a side-by-side comparison of the poll on the issue of reinstating former President Donald Trump’s account with the poll on the issue of Mr. Musk on Twitter.
The old poll had around 15 million votes and 836,000 likes, while the latest poll had nearly 15 million votes and only 312,000 likes. This led Wall Street Silver to wonder “Did the bots participate in the Elon poll yesterday?”
Mr Musk replied “Interesting”. It’s unclear why there would be a relationship between voting in a Twitter poll and liking a tweet, two different actions that don’t seem to have a direct relationship.
Abe AsherDecember 20, 2022 1:30 p.m.
Musk says ‘there is no successor’
Even if Elon Musk leaves the head of Twitter, choosing a successor may not be so simple.
“No one wants work that can actually keep Twitter alive,” he tweeted overnight. “There is no successor.”
One of those who have come forward to offer their services is Lex Fridman, artificial intelligence researcher, computer scientist and popular podcast host.
“Let me run a bit on Twitter,” he tweeted at Musk. “No salary. Focus on great engineering and increase the amount of love in the world. Just offering my help in the unlikely event that it helps.
Musk replied, “You must love pain a lot. One catch: You have to invest all your savings in Twitter, and it’s been on the fast track to bankruptcy since May. Do you still want the job?
Alisha Rahaman SarkarDecember 20, 2022 1:00 p.m.
Twitter launches new Twitter Blue for Business feature
Twitter on Monday announced not Mr. Musk’s resignation as CEO, but a new Twitter Blue for Business feature that “allows businesses to distinguish their brands and key employees on Twitter.”
Businesses will now be distinguished by square profile pictures and gold checkmarks, as opposed to circular pictures and blue checkmarks for other accounts. Existing verified businesses have already been incorporated into the new program and now have gold checkmarks and square images.
Twitter is currently piloting the program with a number of companies and plans to roll it out fully next year.
Abe AsherDecember 20, 2022 12:30 p.m.
Voice | Is Elon Musk the new Liz Truss?
Will Elon Musk step down as CEO of Twitter? I have no idea. He may have done so at the time of this article’s publication, or he may not have. Maybe it will have made it illegal to use the letter “a” by then, or ban non-binary people from the app altogether. Who knows.
Musk tweeted out a poll asking users if they think he should quit and those users — including your columnist — have, as of this writing, just told him specifically where to paste it. We don’t know if anything will change.
What is certain, however, is that the chaos will continue in one form or another for the foreseeable future.
In the age of Elon Musk, there is no quiet news week on Twitter, writes Mary Le Conte.
Alisha Rahaman SarkarDecember 20, 2022 12:00
Twitter’s new policy favors paid subscribers
John Besey previews Mr Musk’s announcement on Monday night that only paying Twitter subscribers will be able to vote on future policy-related issues.
The announcement came shortly after a majority of Twitter users voted for Mr Musk to step down from his role at the company in a poll opened on Sunday.
Abe AsherDecember 20, 2022 11:30 am
AOC criticizes Musk: ‘Drop proto-fascism’
Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has condemned billionaire Elon Musk after the new Twitter chief suspended the accounts of half a dozen journalists who regularly reported on him and the social media platform.
Responding to the billionaire’s blunt ban on journalists, Ms Ocasio-Cortez stressed he should take a ‘hit and dismiss proto-fascism’.
She pointed out that Mr. Musk was an extremely controversial and powerful public figure. “I feel in danger, but descending into abuse of power + erratically banning journalists only increases the intensity around you,” the Democratic lawmaker said.
As someone who has been the victim of real and dangerous conspiracies, I understand. I had no security and experienced many scary incidents,” she added.
“In fact, many of the right-wing outlets you are raising now have posted photos of my house, my car, etc. At some point you have to log out. Maybe try hanging up your phone,” she suggested.
Mr. Musk was quick to reply: “You first lol.”
Alisha Rahaman SarkarDecember 20, 2022 11:00 am
Around Austin, concerns about Musk as a neighbor
People around the world have formed opinions about Elon Musk and his handling of Twitter, but people in central Texas have opinions about him informed by his behavior as a neighbor.
Mr. Musk has moved a number of his businesses to Texas in recent years, with companies like Tesla and Boring Co. now located in and around the state capital of Austin. The, The real deal reports, some residents are considering moving due to the ecological disruption caused by Mr. Musk’s businesses.
Some residents of the Brownsville, South Texas area have also been frustrated with SpaceX operations there.
Abe AsherDecember 20, 2022 10:30 am