Elon Musk started asking Twitter poll questions concerning account suspensions back in November. Today, he resigned as Twitter’s CEO after a poll he claimed he would follow did not turn out in his favor. 57.5 percent of the more than 17.5 million Twitter users polled believed he should step down as CEO.
Elon Musk has commented on some of his recent polling results with the phrase “vox populi, vox dei,” Latin for “the voice of the people, the voice of God,” but has not said whether he will follow through on the results of the most recent poll, which closed at 6.20 a.m. EST on Monday, at the time of writing.
The 51-year-old bought Twitter in October for about $44 billion in what seemed like a spur-of-the-moment decision. Since then, he has made quick, sometimes strange changes to the platform, like changing how “blue ticks” (verified accounts) work and how hate speech, other defamatory languages, and spam/bot accounts are filtered.
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Elon Musk’s penchant for Twitter question time began innocently enough. On November 12, he offered people the choice of selecting “Twitter is more fun,” “Twitter is less fun,” or “LMAO,” with the latter prevailing. A week later, he released an even greater bombshell, asking whether former President Donald Trump, who was notoriously banned from the social network after January 6, 2021, could be reinstated. The term “electronic commerce” refers to the sale of electronic goods.
Another poll on November 23 on unsuspended accounts can be seen as a triumph for Elon Musk, who views himself as a free-speech absolutist. Almost three-quarters of users favored restoring accounts suspended before Musk’s takeover. However, the tide quickly began to turn. Musk’s banning of accounts tracking his private jet generated an outcry over censorship concerns. Two surveys, the second of which was carried out on December 16, showed that users were now turning against Musk. Three days later, the now-completed vote about his future at the company arrived unexpectedly.
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