Elon Musk has said in his initial comments that only Twitter Blue subscribers will be able to vote in future political polls on the platform, as millions of users voted for his resignation as the site’s chief executive.
On Sunday, the Tesla boss said he would “follow” the result of a poll he created asking Twitter users if he should resign.
The result was confirmed Monday morning, with 57.5% of the more than 17.5 million accounts that voted saying he should step down from his role.
Typically a prolific user of the platform, Mr. Musk did not tweet in the immediate hours following the survey.
His silence was finally broken just before 11:30 p.m. Monday, when he responded “Interesting” to a suggestion by Kim Dotcom, founder of the once hugely popular file-sharing site Megaupload, that the poll’s results were being skewed by fake accounts.
In response to another user’s suggestion that “blue subscribers should be the only ones who can vote in political polls,” Mr Musk said, “Good point. Twitter will make this change.”
His Twitter stream continued into the early hours of Tuesday, linking to the site’s World Cup stats and laughing at a satirical version of Bruce Wayne conducting a poll about his retirement as Batman.
Twitter Blue is a paid subscription that allows anyone to purchase a Blue Tick verified badge for their account.
Mr Musk’s poll on Sunday night came after weeks of contentious decisions.
These included the relaxation of Twitter’s approach to content moderation and the return of previously suspended users, but also the ban and subsequent reinstatement of some journalists covering Mr Musk, and the introduction and apparent removal of a policy that prohibited users from linking Tweet to certain other social media platforms.
Some online safety groups have accused the billionaire of allowing hate, abuse and misinformation to circulate more easily on the platform because of its free speech principles.
During his tenure, Mr. Musk also laid off more than half of the company’s global workforce.
While it remains unclear who might replace Mr Musk if he steps down, several commentators have noted that as Twitter’s owner, the billionaire would still have the final say on key decisions.
https://www.independent.ie/business/technology/elon-musk-says-future-policy-related-polls-only-open-for-twitter-blue-subscribers-42231963.html Elon Musk says future policy-related polls will only be open to Twitter Blue subscribers