Elon Musk polled Twitter followers on whether they thought he should leave his position as CEO, and he promised to follow the findings of the vote. Musk became the company’s CEO at the end of October after a number of top executives were let go and the board of directors was dissolved. More than a million individuals participated in the poll within minutes of its release.

When the yes vote reached a double-digit advantage after 20 minutes of polling, Musk reacted to a claim that he had already chosen a new CEO by declaring, “No one wants the position who can genuinely keep Twitter alive. There isn’t a replacement. Additionally, after Twitter declared that it would delete accounts that gave “free advertising of some social media networks,” he walked back the site’s most recent policy dispute.

Only accounts whose “main goal is the promotion of competitors, which effectively comes under the no spam rule,” according to Musk, would be affected by the change in policy.

The platform previously stated that the change will affect material from several social networking websites, including Facebook and Instagram from Meta Platforms, Mastodon, Truth Social, Tribel, Nostr, and Post, but that cross-content publishing would be permitted. The list did not include the Chinese company ByteDance’s video platform TikTok, though.

The declaration was made on Sunday, the same day that Elon Musk posted images from the Lusail Stadium in Qatar, where he witnessed Argentina defeat France on penalties to win the men’s World Cup.

On the initial policy change, the Twitter Support account said: “We recognise that many of our users are active on other social media platforms. However, we will no longer allow free promotion of certain social media platforms on Twitter.” It gave examples of content that would be removed including “follow me @username on Instagram” and “check out my profile on Facebook – facebook.com/username”.

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