Twitter CEO Elon Musk has drawn tremendous criticism since taking over the social media platform, sacking thousands of employees, overhauling the legacy "verified" system, and unbanning multiple controversial influencers, including Dr. Jordan Peterson, Andrew Tate, and former U.S. President Donald J. Trump.
More recently, the "Chief Twit" received massive pushback over a new controversial Twitter policy that would prevent "free promotion of prohibited 3rd-party social media platforms," including Facebook, Instagram, Mastodon, Truth Social, Tribel, Post, and Nostr. In addition, the policy would also ban third-party social media link aggregators, such as linktr.ee and lnk.bio.
The social media company swiftly rescinded the move, with Musk later apologizing and noting that "there will be a vote for major policy changes" in the future. Shortly after, Elon Musk put out a Twitter poll asking followers if he should "step down as [the] head of Twitter," adding, "I will abide by the results of this poll."
At the time of writing, the poll has a little under 2 hours remaining, with a monumental 15.5 million votes (57.3% voting "Yes," and 42.7% voting "No"). Based on these results, many Twitter users seem to want the "Chief Twit" to step down; however, only time will tell if Elon Musk will honor his promise.
Musk later cautioned users in a separate tweet, "As the saying goes, be careful what you wish, as you might get it," suggesting that he was serious about resigning if the people wished it.
It's worth noting that this is not the first time Musk has put a major decision into the hands of the people. In November, millions of Twitter users flocked to vote on the reinstating of former U.S. President Donald J. Trump, with 52% voting in favor of Trump's unbanning. Indeed, it was around this time that Musk first tweeted, "Vox Populi, Vox Dei," a Latin phrase meaning "the voice of the people is the voice of God."
That said, we'll have to wait and see what the 'voice of the people' have to say regarding Elon Musk's position at the company. Musk will probably step down as CEO, retiring to a different position at Twitter, such as a board member or a different, less 'hands-on' role.