Musk has launched a poll on whether he should step down as CEO of Twitter

Dec 18 (Reuters) – Musk, Chief Executive Officer of Twitter, launched a poll on the social media platform on Sunday asking if he should step down as chairman of the company, adding that he would abide by the results of the poll.

The poll is due to close at around 1120 GMT on Monday, although the billionaire gave no details on when he would step down if poll results say he should.

Responding to a Twitter user’s comment about a possible CEO change, Musk said, “There is no successor.”

Musk told a Delaware court last month that he would cut back on his time at Twitter and eventually find a new leader to run the company.

The survey follows Twitter’s policy update on Sunday, which banned accounts created solely for the purpose of promoting other social media companies and content containing links or usernames to competing platforms.

Minutes before the poll, Musk apologized and wrote on Twitter that “from now on, there will be a vote on major policy changes.”

A few hours later, Twitter launched a survey asking users if the platform should have a policy that blocks accounts advertising on other social media platforms on Twitter.

The policy update will affect content from social media platforms such as Meta Platforms (META.O) Facebook and Instagram, along with Mastodon, Truth Social, Tribel, Nostr and Post with cross-content posting allowed, Twitter support said in a tweet.

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Former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, who recently invested in social media platform Nostr, responded to Twitter’s support post with one word: “Why?” In a response to another user who posted about banning the promotion of Nostr, Dorsey said, “It makes no sense.”

The short video platform TikTok, which is owned by the Chinese company ByteDance Ltd, is not included in the list.

Last week, Twitter dissolved the Trust and Safety Council, a volunteer group formed in 2016 to advise the social media platform on the site’s decisions.

The policy change follows other chaotic actions on Twitter since Elon Musk, who is also the CEO of Tesla (TSLA.O), bought the social network. He has fired senior management and laid off about half of its workforce, while he vacillated over how much to pay for subscription service Twitter Blue.

Musk also suspended the accounts of several journalists over the controversy over the publication of public statements about the billionaire’s plane.

Musk reinstated the accounts after criticism from government officials, advocacy groups and several journalism organizations on Friday, with some saying the microblogging platform endangered press freedom.

Additional reporting by Urvi Duggar, Kanjik Ghosh and Maria Punizath in Bengaluru; Editing by Lisa Shumaker and Sam Holmes

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