Elon Musk's talk of being a free speech champion at Twitter is at odds with the suspension of accounts of journalists who cover him and the tech firm he bought for $44 billion


  • Twitter CEO Elon Musk told users to "be careful what you wish" after asking them whether he should step down
  • Twitter earlier announced it would remove accounts that promote rival social media platforms
  • Another journalist has been suspended from Twitter after asking Musk for an interview

Embattled Twitter CEO Elon Musk created a poll asking users whether he should step down as the head of the social media platform, following days of backlash brought about by revising the website's rules.

"Should I step down as head of Twitter?" Musk asked Twitter users.

He added he "will abide by the results" of his unscientific poll.

As of this writing, 57.2% of over 7.4 million Twitter users who participated in Musk's poll believed he should step down, while 42.8% wanted him to stay.

The Twitter poll will run until Monday morning.

The Twitter owner published more tweets regarding the poll, saying, "As the saying goes, be careful what you wish, as you might get it," and "Those who want power are the ones who least deserve it."

The poll came after Musk admitted he made a mistake restricting the mentions of Twitter's rival social media websites.

Musk said he plans to put all major Twitter policy changes to a vote, The Hill reported.

"Going forward, there will be a vote for major policy changes. My apologies. Won't happen again," Musk tweeted.

Twitter Support previously announced in a since-deleted post that it would no longer allow links from other social media platforms, such as Facebook, Instagram, Mastodon, Truth Social, Tribel, Nostr and Post.

Twitter said it would remove accounts "created solely for the purpose of promoting other social platforms."

The new rule likely stemmed from last week's controversial suspension of the Twitter accounts of several journalists and Mastodon over allegations of sharing Musk's live location.

Mastodon previously promoted on its Twitter account that @elonjet, an account that shares Musk's private jet's publicly available coordinates, was now on its website after it was removed from Musk's platform due to Twitter's revised policy on doxxing.

Twitter has already reinstated the suspended accounts after Musk created a poll in which millions of users voted overwhelmingly to restore the accounts quickly.

But the platform suspended another journalist over the weekend after asking Musk for comment on a story.

Taylor Lorenz of The Washington Post was banned from Twitter after she tagged Musk's account, asking him to discuss with her a story involving him.

Sally Buzbee, The Washington Post's executive editor, criticized Lorenz's Twitter suspension, saying that it occurred "with no warning, process or explanation," the Associated Press reported.

Musk said Lorenz's account was temporarily suspended "due to prior doxxing" and vowed to reinstate her account quickly.

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