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Musk asks users to vote on whether he stays as Twitter CEO

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Twitter’s owner Elon Musk is asking users of the social media platform to vote on his future as its chief executive officer.

In a poll to his 122 million followers, he tweeted: “Should I step down as head… I will abide by the results…”

The technology tycoon, who also runs Tesla and Space X, has faced tremendous criticism since taking over Twitter.

After a major legal battle, Musk took control of the company in October in a $44bn deal.

It comes as Twitter says it will shut down accounts solely designed to promote other social media platforms.

The measure would also affect accounts that link off to or contain usernames from platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Mastodon, Truth Social, Tribel, Nostr and Post, the company said in a tweet.

But cross-content posting from other sites will still be allowed.

Former Twitter boss Jack Dorsey, who recently invested in Nostr, replied to the Twitter post with one word: “Why?”

In a reply to another user posting about the Nostr promotion ban, Dorsey said, “doesn’t make sense”.

On Saturday, Washington Post reporter Taylor Lorenz was suspended for breaking the new rule before it had been formally announced. (BBC)

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