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Musk polls Twitter users about whether he should step down – Silicon Valley


By MATT O’BRIEN (AP Know-how Author)

Elon Musk is asking Twitter’s customers to resolve if he ought to keep answerable for the social media platform after acknowledging he made a mistake Sunday in launching new speech restrictions that banned mentions of rival social media web sites.

In yet one more drastic coverage change, Twitter had introduced that customers will now not be capable to hyperlink to Fb, Instagram, Mastodon and different platforms the corporate described as “prohibited.”

However the transfer generated a lot rapid criticism, together with from previous defenders of Twitter’s new billionaire proprietor, that Musk promised to not make any extra main coverage modifications with out an internet survey of customers.

“My apologies. Received’t occur once more,” Musk tweeted, earlier than launching a brand new 12-hour ballot asking if he ought to step down as head of Twitter. “I’ll abide by the outcomes of this ballot.”

The motion to dam rivals was Musk’s newest try to crack down on sure speech after he shut down a Twitter account final week that was monitoring the flights of his non-public jet.

The banned platforms included mainstream web sites akin to Fb and Instagram, and upstart rivals Mastodon, Tribel, Nostr, Publish and former President Donald Trump’s Reality Social. Twitter gave no rationalization for why the blacklist included these seven web sites however not others akin to Parler, TikTok or LinkedIn.

Twitter had mentioned it will not less than briefly droop accounts that embody the banned web sites of their profile — a observe so widespread it will have been troublesome to implement the restrictions on Twitter’s thousands and thousands of customers around the globe. Not solely hyperlinks however makes an attempt to bypass the ban by spelling out “instagram dot com” may have led to a suspension, the corporate mentioned.

A check case was the outstanding enterprise capitalist Paul Graham, who previously has praised Musk however on Sunday informed his 1.5 million Twitter followers that this was the “final straw” and to search out him on Mastodon. His Twitter account was promptly suspended, and shortly after restored as Musk promised to reverse the coverage applied simply hours earlier.

Musk mentioned Twitter will nonetheless droop some accounts in keeping with the coverage however “solely when that account’s (asterisk)major(asterisk) goal is promotion of rivals.”

Twitter beforehand took motion to dam hyperlinks to Mastodon after its fundamental Twitter account tweeted in regards to the @ElonJet controversy final week. Mastodon has grown quickly in latest weeks in its place for Twitter customers who’re sad with Musk’s overhaul of Twitter since he purchased the corporate for $44 billion in late October and started restoring accounts that ran afoul of the earlier Twitter management’s guidelines towards hateful conduct and different harms.

Musk completely banned the @ElonJet account on Wednesday, then modified Twitter’s guidelines to ban the sharing of one other particular person’s present location with out their consent. He then took purpose at journalists who have been writing in regards to the jet-tracking account, which may nonetheless be discovered on different social media websites, alleging that they have been broadcasting “principally assassination coordinates.”

He used that to justify Twitter’s strikes final week to droop the accounts of quite a few journalists who cowl the social media platform and Musk, amongst them reporters working for The New York Instances, Washington Publish, CNN, Voice of America and different publications. Lots of these accounts have been restored following an internet ballot by Musk.

Then, over the weekend, The Washington Publish’s Taylor Lorenz grew to become the newest journalist to be briefly banned. She mentioned she was suspended after posting a message on Twitter tagging Musk and requesting an interview.

Sally Buzbee, The Washington Publish’s government editor, referred to as it an “arbitrary suspension of one other Publish journalist” that additional undermined Musk’s promise to run Twitter as a platform devoted to free speech.

“Once more, the suspension occurred with no warning, course of or rationalization — this time as our reporter merely sought remark from Musk for a narrative,” Buzbee mentioned. By noon Sunday, Lorenz’s account was restored, as was the tweet she thought had triggered her suspension.

Musk’s promise to let customers resolve his future position at Twitter by means of an unscientific on-line survey appeared to come back out of nowhere Sunday, although he had additionally promised in November {that a} reorganization was taking place quickly.

Musk was questioned in court docket on Nov. 16 about how he splits his time amongst Tesla and his different corporations, together with SpaceX and Twitter. Musk needed to testify in Delaware’s Courtroom of Chancery over a shareholder’s problem to Musk’s probably $55 billion compensation plan as CEO of the electrical automobile firm.

Musk mentioned he by no means meant to be CEO of Tesla, and that he didn’t wish to be chief government of another corporations both, preferring to see himself as an engineer as an alternative. Musk additionally mentioned he anticipated an organizational restructuring of Twitter to be accomplished within the subsequent week or so. It’s been greater than a month since he mentioned that.

In public banter with Twitter followers Sunday, Musk expressed pessimism in regards to the prospects for a brand new CEO, saying that particular person “should like ache lots” to run an organization that “has been within the quick lane to chapter.”

“Nobody needs the job who can really preserve Twitter alive. There isn’t any successor,” Musk tweeted.

AP author Brian P. D. Hannon contributed to this report.


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