- Twitter users voted Monday in a public poll to oust Elon Musk as chief executive of the social media company.
- After that, Musk said that from now on only paying Twitter Blue subscribers will be able to vote on policy-related issues.
- I was responding to a suggestion that only paid members should be able to vote in such polls.
Hours after a public poll on Twitter voted to oust Elon Musk as the company’s chief executive, it said only paying subscribers, meaning Twitter Blue members, will be able to vote on policy-related matters.
The CEO of Twitter was responding to a blue memberThe suggestion that only paying members should be able to vote in polls related to politics because “we actually have our skins in the game.”
“Twitter will make that change”, Musk he tweeted on Monday.
—Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 19, 2022
Twitter Blue is a paid subscription service that charges users for a blue check mark next to their account names and offers early access to certain features. The program costs $8 per month to US web users and is one of Musk’s strategies to monetize the platform, which he said was losing $4 million per day to himself.
More than 10 million, or 57.5% of the 17.5 million Twitter users who participated in the poll, voted to have Musk step down as CEO.
“Should I resign as head of Twitter? I will abide by the results of this survey,” Musk said. tweeted on Sunday while posting the poll.
—Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 18, 2022
Musk’s roller coaster leadership on Twitter
Since acquiring Twitter for $44 billion in late October, Musk has instituted sweeping changes at the company, including mass layoffs and reinstating former President Donald Trump’s account after taking a poll.
The last week has been an especially tumultuous one for Twitter users after a series of sudden changes to the platform.
Last Wednesday, Twitter suspended accounts that were tracking private planes, including Musk’s own private plane, using publicly available information. Musk cited security concerns behind the move.
On Friday, Twitter suspended the accounts of several journalists after Musk accused them of misleading him. Some of the accounts have since been reinstated.
Twitter also announced last week that users will no longer be able to promote their accounts on other social media platforms, though it has since removed the page detailing the policy.
On Monday, the Twitter Safety The team polled users on whether it should have a policy that prevents “the creation or use of existing accounts for the primary purpose of advertising other social media platforms.”
Twitter did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment sent outside of normal business hours.