Twitter users vote for Elon Musk to step down - but will he keep his promise?

Elon Musk launched a poll on Twitter to decide his future. (PA/Elon Musk/Twitter)
Elon Musk launched a poll on Twitter to decide his future. (Getty/Elon Musk/Twitter)

Twitter users have voted in their millions for its controversial chief executive Elon Musk to step down.

The big question for Twitter's CEO is whether Musk will respect the results of his own Twitter poll, and whether it will spell the end of what has been a turbulent two months at the helm of the social media platform.

In a vote posted on Sunday evening, after Musk had attended the World Cup final in Doha, Qatar, he asked his 122 million Twitter followers: "Should I step down as head of Twitter? I will abide by the results of this poll."

After the poll closed at 11.20am on Monday, of the 17.5 million users that voted, 57.5% said he should resign and 42.5% said he should remain Twitter's boss.

A phone being held showing the twitter poll on screen, in a home in London. Elon Musk looks set to step down from the top job at Twitter after just two months, if he respects the results of an online poll launched on Sunday night. Around 57% of 14 million voters had said that Mr Musk should resign as Twitter chief executive with around three hours to go until the poll closed. Picture date: Monday December 19, 2022. (Photo by Yui Mok/PA Images via Getty Images)
Elon Musk launched a poll asking if he should remain head of Twitter. (PA Images via Getty Images)
Elon Musk during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 final match between France v Argentina held at Lusail Stadium, on December 18, 2022 in Doha, Qatar. Photo by David Niviere/ABACAPRESS.COM
Elon Musk at the World Cup final in Doha, Qatar, on Sunday. (Alamy)

It is unclear if Musk would respect the results and actually step down after just two months in charge of Twitter.

Last week he removed a poll on reinstating the accounts of suspended journalists before it had concluded.

Since he posted the poll about his future, the illionaire Tesla boss has also tweeted that people should be careful what they wish for, but denied that he has already selected his potential replacement.

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“No one wants the job who can actually keep Twitter alive. There is no successor,” he said.

Overnight, Musk also liked a tweet reading: “When a clown moves into a palace, he doesn’t become a king. The palace becomes a circus."

Earlier, Musk announced a U-turn on a new policy which banned users from linking to certain rival social media websites, including Facebook, Instagram and Mastodon.

He wrote on Twitter the policy would be “adjusted” to only suspending accounts “when that account’s *primary* purpose is promotion of competitors".

Elon Musk, the richest man in the world and CEO of Tesla, SpaceX, and Twitter. Musk is also Founder of The Boring Company and co-founder of Neuralink, OpenAI, and the online bank, which merged with Confinity to become PayPal.
Elon Musk has been head of Twitter for two months. (Alamy)

He added: “Going forward, there will be a vote for major policy changes. My apologies. Won’t happen again.”

That initial announcement was the latest move by Musk to crack down on certain speech after he shut down a Twitter account last week that was tracking the flights of his private jet.

Recently, Musk also came under fire from officials in Brussels for ejected a series of journalists off Twitter for covering the billionaire off the platform.

European Commissioner Vera Jourova said that the suspensions were “worrying” and that EU law protects media freedom.

Many of those accounts were later restored following an online poll by Musk.