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Musk Solicits Twitter Users to Decide If He Should Step Down

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Elon Musk is asking users to decide if he should continue to be in charge or step down from the post of the headman of Twitter after recognizing that he made a mistake on Sunday in setting up speech restrictions that forbid mentions of rival social media platforms.

However, in another drastic policy change, Twitter has declared that users will no longer be able to connect to Facebook, Instagram, and other platforms, which the company outlined as “prohibited.”

But the move caused so much immediate criticism that, including from past defenders of Musk, he promised not to make any additional significant policy changes without an online review of users.

“My apologies. Won’t happen again,” Elon Musk tweeted before launching a 12-hour-long survey demanding if he should step down. “I will abide by the results of this poll,” he added.

The operation to block competitors was Musk’s latest bid to crack down on his particular speech after he took down a Twitter account last week that traced the flights of his private jet.

The forbidden social media platforms include mainstream websites such as Instagram and Facebook, and their most prominent rivals Mastodon, Nostr, Tribal, and more. Also, Twitter did not provide any justification for why the blocklist only included these (mentioned above) websites but not others such as TikTok or LinkedIn.

Further, Twitter had mentioned that it would temporarily suspend a few accounts that included the forbidden websites in their profile and practiced extensive measures which would be challenging to implement the restrictions on the millions of users worldwide. Not only connections but attempts to divert the ban by spelling out “instagram dot com” could have led to a deferment, the company stated.

A test case was performed by the well-known venture capitalist Paul Graham, who had praised Musk in the past, but on Sunday conveyed to his 1.5 million Twitter followers that this was the “last straw” and to perceive him on Mastodon. Graham’s Twitter account was rapidly suspended and soon after was restored, as Musk promised to reverse the policy applied just a few hours earlier.

Musk said Twitter will suspend some accounts according to the policy, but “only when that account’s *primary* motive is the promotion of competitors.”

Twitter previously took action to block connections with Mastodon after it tweeted about the @ElonJet disagreement last week. However, Mastodon has grown swiftly in recent weeks as an option for Twitter users who are unhappy with Musk’s revamp since he nearly purchased the company for $44 billion in late October. Later, he started restoring accounts that ran inappropriately of the previous leadership’s rules against malicious conduct.

After receiving so much criticism, Musk permanently banned the @ElonJet account from Twitter on Wednesday and changed Twitter’s rules to forbid the sharing of another person’s location without their consent. He then focused on journalists writing about the jet-tracing account, which can still be found on other social media websites, claiming that they were broadcasting “basically assassination coordinates.”

Musk used this tactic to justify Twitter’s moves last week to suspend the accounts of several journalists who shield the platform, including reporters for the New York Times, CNN, Washington Post, Voice of America, and other publications. However, many of those accounts were recouped following an online poll by Musk.

Musk’s pledge to let users decide his future at Twitter through an unscientific poll appeared to come out of nowhere on Sunday. However, he had promised in November that a reorganization would occur soon.

In the public swordplays with Twitter followers on Sunday, Musk expressed, “it carries a lot of pain to run a company that has been on the verge of bankruptcy.” Whereas “No one wants the job who can actually keep Twitter alive. There is no successor,” Musk tweeted.