: Elon Musk says he’ll quit if poll tells him to, as Twitter bans accounts that promote other social networks

by | Dec 18, 2022 | Stock Market

Twitter on Sunday announced it will ban accounts that post links or usernames for certain “prohibited” third-party social media platforms, stirring new controversy and apparently enough backlash for Elon Musk to ask Twitter users whether he should step aside as chief executive. “We will no longer allow free promotion of certain social media platforms on Twitter,” Musk’s company said in a tweet thread posted as much of the world was watching the World Cup final. “Specifically, we will remove accounts created solely for the purpose of promoting other social platforms and content that contains links or usernames for the following platforms: Facebook, Instagram, Mastodon, Truth Social, Tribel, Nostr and Post.”

In a blog post, Twitter said cross-promoted posts will still be allowed, but that “Accounts that are used for the main purpose of promoting content on another social platform may be suspended.” It did not specify how it will decide what an account’s main purpose is, but provided examples of banned content, such as: “follow me @username on Instagram,” “username@mastodon.social,” and “check out my profile on Facebook – facebook.com/username.” The new policy triggered an immediate flurry of criticism by many Twitter users, with some saying it was capricious and arbitrary, and another example of Musk changing Twitter’s rules without notice to fit his whims. In a reply to Twitter’s announcement, former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, who once called Musk “the singular solution I trust” to run the company, said: “Doesn’t make sense.” Musk later clarified the rule, saying in a tweet: “Policy will be adjusted to suspending accounts only when that account’s *primary* purpose is promotion of competitors, which essentially falls under the no spam rule,” and adding that “Going forward, there will be a vote for major policy changes. My apologies. Won’t happen again.” Later Sunday, Musk posted a poll asking whether he should resign as CEO and said he would “abide by the results.”

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