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Elon Musk Asks Twitter Users If He Should Resign As CEO In A Poll



Elon Musk Asks Twitter Users If He Should Resign As CEO In A Poll

(CTN NEWS) – Elon Musk, who launched new speech restrictions on Sunday that aimed to outlaw mentions of competing social media platforms, has admitted he made a mistake.

And is now asking Twitter users to determine whether or not he should continue to run the social media platform.

Twitter said that users will no longer be allowed to link to Facebook, Instagram, Mastodon, and other services the company labelled as “prohibited” in yet another significant policy change.

However, the action drew such rapid criticism, including from previous supporters of Twitter’s new billionaire owner, that Musk vowed to refrain from making any other significant policy changes without first conducting an online survey of users.

“apologise. Won’t happen again,” Elon Musk wrote in a tweet before starting a new 12-hour poll on whether or not he should leave his position as Twitter’s CEO. “I will follow this poll’s findings,”

After shutting down a Twitter account last week that monitored his private jet’s travels, the event marked Musk’s most recent attempt to censor specific speech.

Popular websites like Facebook and Instagram were among the prohibited domains, along with upstart competitors Mastodon, Tribel, Nostr, Post, and the Truth Social platform run by former President Donald Trump.

Why those seven websites were on the blacklist but not others like Parler, TikTok, or LinkedIn was not explained by Twitter.

According to Twitter, accounts with blocked URLs in their profile will, at the very least, be temporarily suspended.

The practise is so common, though, that it’s unclear whether or how the firm will impose the limitations on Twitter’s millions of users worldwide.

Paul Graham, a well-known venture capitalist in Silicon Valley, was one of the test subjects. Graham had previously lauded Elon Musk, but on Sunday he warned his 1.5 million followers that this was the “final straw” to find him on Mastodon.

His Twitter account was immediately shut down and then quickly reinstated.

Additionally, Twitter has announced that it would stop promoting third-party social media link aggregators like Linktree, which some users use to display their online presence.

After its main Twitter account tweeted about the @ElonJet dispute last week, Twitter previously banned links to one of its competitors, Mastodon.

Mastodon has seen significant growth recently as a substitute for Twitter users dissatisfied with Elon Musk’s changes to the platform since he paid $44 billion for the company in late October.

And started restoring accounts that broke the previous Twitter leadership’s rules against hate speech and other harms.

Some Twitter users encouraged followers to visit their new Mastodon profile by including links to it in their tweets.

Attempts to get around restrictions, like typing out “Instagram dot com” and a username in place of a straight website link, are now prohibited on Twitter.

Meta, the parent company of Facebook and Instagram, did not respond to demands for comment on Sunday.

The “paid advertisement/promotion” and “cross-posting” of some content coming from the blocked websites will still be permitted, according to Twitter.

Elon Musk modified Twitter’s policies on Wednesday to make it against the law to share another person’s present location without that person’s permission.

He also permanently banned the @ElonJet account.

He then claimed that the journalists were broadcasting “essentially assassination coordinates” when they wrote about the jet-tracking account, which is still accessible on other websites like Mastodon, Facebook, Instagram, and Truth Social.

Using that as evidence, he defended Twitter’s actions taken last week to suspend the accounts of multiple journalists who cover Musk and the social media platform, including writers for The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN.

Voice of America, and other organisations. Many of those accounts were recovered after Musk conducted an online survey.

Then, over the weekend, Taylor Lorenz of The Washington Post became the newest journalist to receive a temporary Twitter suspension.

Lorenz claimed that she and another Post technology writer were looking into Musk for a story. She had previously reached out to the business mogul, but her messages remained unanswered.

On Saturday, she attempted again by tweeting at Musk and asking for an interview.

The specific subject was not made clear in the tweet, but it was in response to Musk’s claims that journalists were revealing the whereabouts of his family by using the jet-tracker account.

As well as Elon Musks tweets about an alleged incident involving a “violent stalker” in Southern California earlier in the week.

Later on Saturday, when Lorenz checked Twitter to see whether there had been a response, she discovered that her account had been “permanently suspended.”

Lorenz told The Associated Press over the phone early on Sunday, “I won’t say I didn’t foresee it. She claimed that no explicit justification for the prohibition was provided.

According to Sally Buzbee, executive editor of The Washington Post, the arbitrary suspension of another Post journalist, “further undermines Elon Musk’s assertion that he intends to run Twitter as a platform dedicated to free expression,” she said in a written statement on Sunday.

Once more, the suspension happened without any notice, procedure, or justification; this time, a reporter had just asked Elon Musk for comment for a story, according to Buzbee.

Journalists from the Post should be restored right away, without unreasonable restrictions.

Lorenz’s account and the tweet she believed led to her suspension were restored by Sunday noon.


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Alishba Waris is an independent journalist working for CTN News. She brings a wealth of experience and a keen eye for detail to her reporting. With a knack for uncovering the truth, Waris isn't afraid to ask tough questions and hold those in power accountable. Her writing is clear, concise, and cuts through the noise, delivering the facts readers need to stay informed. Waris's dedication to ethical journalism shines through in her hard-hitting yet fair coverage of important issues.

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