Twitter users have voted massively to oust the new owner of Twitter, Elon Musk as the CEO in a poll conducted by the Musk himself.
The billionaire was prompted to conduct the poll as result of the he has been receiving over the company’s latest policy change.
The poll which ended on Monday had 17,502,391 votes as its final result with 57.5 percent of the votes cast for “yes” while 42.5 percent were against the idea of Musk stepping down.
“Should I step down as head of Twitter? I will abide by the results of this poll,” Musk asked Twitter users when he put up the poll.
He added in a later tweet while the voting was ongoing, “As the saying goes, be careful what you wish, as you might get it.”
In another post, he acknowledged users’ dissatisfaction with his policy changes and said: “Going forward, there will be a vote for major policy changes. My apologies. Won’t happen again.”
Musk conducted his poll after Twitter’s announcement that it would no longer allow the “free promotion” of other social media platforms on Sunday.
According to the micro-blogging platform, users would no longer be allowed to post usernames and links to accounts for a number of other social media platforms, including Facebook, Instagram and Mastodon.
The sudden banning of accounts that promote rival social media platforms sparked retaliation even among longtime supporters of Musk.
The founder of the Mastodon- a startup fund Y-Combinator- Paul Graham, who supported Musk in his deal to buy Twitter, said he will take a break from Twitter. He however asked his followers to find a link to his Mastodon account on his personal web page.
Twitter suspended Graham’s account after his post but later reinstated it.
Mastodon is a social media platform that has been touted as an alternative for Twitter because of their similarity.
The policy change was the latest in a series of decisions by Twitter that has generated blowback. The platform has also been criticised for suspending the accounts last week of more than half a dozen journalists who report on Musk.