Elon Musk polls Twitter on whether or not he ought to step down, most vote sure

A picture of latest Twitter proprietor Elon Musk is seen surrounded by Twitter logos on this picture illustration in Warsaw, Poland on 08 November, 2022. 

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Twitter’s new proprietor and CEO Elon Musk posted an informal poll of the social media platform’s customers Sunday asking if he ought to step down as head of the corporate.

At 6:20 a.m. ET Monday, the ballot ended with a majority of respondents (57.5%) calling for the billionaire to depart his submit. Greater than 17 million customers had voted by the point the ballot closed.

Musk claimed he would abide by the outcomes of the ballot. It’s unclear whether or not or not he’ll truly achieve this. Shares of Tesla — one other one in all Musk’s corporations — rose greater than 4% in U.S. premarket buying and selling Monday.

In court in November, Musk stated, “I anticipate to scale back my time at Twitter and discover someone else to run Twitter over time.” Nonetheless, on Sunday, he wrote in a tweet that there’s no possible successor for him on the social media firm.

“The query shouldn’t be discovering a CEO, the query is discovering a CEO who can hold Twitter alive,” he wrote.

In response to a different person speculating that Musk has already chosen a successor, the billionaire said: “Nobody needs the job who can truly hold Twitter alive. There isn’t any successor.”

Twitter polls are straw polls, that means they’re casual and never akin to skilled public opinion analysis. Malicious bots or inauthentic accounts might also be capable of register a response to a Twitter ballot.

Musk’s Sunday ballot adopted on-line backlash after the “Chief Twit” (as he has known as himself) made sudden modifications to insurance policies impacting customers of Twitter within the final week.

For instance, the corporate launched a brand new social media platform promotion policy on Sunday, which prohibited customers from sharing hyperlinks to a few of their different social media accounts. Longtime Musk pals and proponents, together with Y Combinator founder Paul Graham, expressed their dismay on the coverage inflicting Musk to later apologize and roll it again.

Days earlier, Twitter made modifications to its coverage on “doxxing,” which the company now defines as “sharing somebody’s non-public info on-line with out their permission.” The brand new coverage prohibits customers from sharing different individuals’s reside location info, house addresses, contact info or bodily location info however has left many confused over what info crosses Twitter’s line. 

Musk’s coverage modifications have been used as a justification to droop the Twitter accounts of plenty of U.S.-based journalists, commentators and others who have been essential of the CEO or his corporations up to now. A number of the accounts have been totally or partially restored a number of days later, however not all.

The suspensions marked the newest chapter of Musk’s rocky takeover at Twitter. He led the acquisition of the corporate for round $44 billion in October, and his management has resulted in massive staff cuts, a spike in racist hate speech, advertisers fleeing or slashing their spending on the platform, in addition to the reinstatement of beforehand banned accounts.

Musk claims that Twitter usage has reached an all-time high since he took over, and that hate speech impressions have fallen.

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The billionaire’s administration at Twitter is bleeding into, and elevating issues about, his different ventures.

For instance, Musk has offered billions of {dollars} value of Tesla shares this yr to finance the Twitter takeover. He has additionally pulled in expertise from each Tesla and SpaceX, together with executives, engineers and attorneys, to help him at Twitter.

A CEO spending money and time on Twitter is not Tesla’s solely problem — the corporate is at the moment providing reductions on autos in China, a sign of weaker demand for its automobiles there, in line with Tesla bear Toni Sacconaghi from Bernstein on CNBC’s “Squawk on the Avenue” final week.

Earlier this month, NASA administrator Invoice Nelson requested SpaceX President and COO Gwynne Shotwell whether or not Musk’s “distraction” at Twitter may have an effect on SpaceX’s work with the house company, NBC News reported. Nelson stated she reassured him it could not.

However Musk’s habits at Twitter is having a unfavourable affect on his automobile firm’s public picture and inventory worth. Shares in Tesla had dropped about 60% year-to-date as of Friday’s shut. It comes amid a broad decline in development shares which has seen the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite fall over 30% year-to-date.

In a be aware late Sunday, Dan Ives, managing director of equities at Wedbush Securities, wrote that the second-biggest request on his Christmas “want record” was for Musk to discover a successor to run the social media firm.

“With the Twitter chaos entrance and heart and leading to a serious headache and overhang for the Tesla story, we consider Musk wants to call a everlasting CEO of Twitter (and never Musk himself) to finish the ache,” Ives stated.

Tesla’s largest retail shareholder, Leo Koguan, wrote in a tweet on Dec. 14, that “Elon deserted Tesla and Tesla has no working CEO.” He known as on the corporate’s board of administrators to take motion. “Tesla wants and deserves to have [a] working full time CEO,” he wrote, criticizing the corporate’s board of administrators for obvious inaction.

Musk tweeted final week that he’ll “make sure” Tesla shareholders benefit from Twitter in the long run.

A survey in Germany’s Der Spiegel final week discovered that 63% of respondents feel that Musk’s public efficiency because the CEO of Twitter has had a largely unfavourable or clearly unfavourable affect on their view of Tesla.

And solely 9% of respondents to that survey stated they discover Tesla very or largely likable as a model — the corporate ranked far behind VW, BMW, Opel and others in Germany. That is although Tesla is investing closely within the German market. It opened a serious automobile meeting plant in Grünheide, outdoors of Berlin, in March this yr.

Correction: This text has been up to date to mirror that at 3.30 a.m. ET nearly all of ballot respondents had voted for Musk to depart his submit.

– CNBC’s Ryan Browne contributed to this report

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