Nov 18 (Reuters) – Elon Musk launched a Twitter poll on Friday night asking his followers to vote on whether to reinstate former U.S. President Donald Trump’s account on the platform, and early results showed that roughly 60% voted in favor.
“Vox Populi, Vox Dei,” Musk tweeted, a Latin phrase that roughly means “the voice of the people is the voice of God.” The survey was open for 24 hours.
Musk, the new owner of Twitter, said in May that he would reverse the Twitter ban against Trump, whose account was suspended following last year’s attack on the US Capitol.
Musk said earlier in the day that the decision to recover Trump’s account had not yet been made, and that Twitter had reinstalled Some controversial accounts that had been banned or suspended, including satirical website Babylon Bee and comedian Kathy Griffin.
Musk’s decision to ask Twitter users for guidance on who should be on the platform is part of a major restructuring of the company, including massive layoffs.
In a memo to the remaining employees seen by Reuters on Friday, Musk asked those writing software code to report to the 10th floor of Twitter’s San Francisco headquarters in the early afternoon.
The billionaire said in a follow-up email: “If possible, I would appreciate it if you would fly to SF to be present in person,” adding that he would be in the office until midnight and return Saturday morning.
He asked employees to email him a summary of what their software code has “accomplished” in the last six months, “along with up to 10 screenshots of the most prominent lines of code.”
“There will be short technical interviews that will give me a better understanding of Twitter’s tech stack,” Musk wrote in one of the emails, asking engineers to report by 2 p.m. Friday.
The emails came a day after hundreds of Twitter employees were estimated to have decided Leave the beleaguered social media company following a Thursday deadline from Musk that employees sign up for “long hours at high intensity.”
The exodus adds to the change and chaos that have marked Musk’s first three weeks as owner of Twitter. He has fired senior management, including former CEO Parag Agarwal and senior officials in charge of security and privacy. drawing scrutiny of a regulator.
A White House official also weighed in, saying Twitter should tell Americans how the company is doing. protecting your data.
The Platformer technology website reported Friday that Robin Wheeler, the company’s top advertising sales executive, had been fired.
Wheeler, who told employees in a memo last week that he would stay, tweeted Friday: “To the team and my clients…you have always been my first and only priority,” with an adopted greeting emoji. as delivery message. break for departing employees.
Twitter told employees on Thursday that it would close its offices and cut off access to credentials until Monday, according to two sources. Reuters could not immediately confirm whether the venue has reopened.
On Friday afternoon, the company began cutting off access to company systems to some of the employees who refused to accept Musk’s offer, three people told Reuters.
Another source said the company planned to shut down one of Twitter’s three main US data centers, at the SMF1 facility near Sacramento, to save costs.
In his first email to Twitter employees this month, Musk warned that Twitter may not be able to “surviving the coming economic downturn”. He also said: “We are also changing Twitter policy so that remote work is no longer allowed, unless you have a specific exception.”
Amid the changes, Moody’s withdrew its B1 credit rating for Twitter, saying it did not have enough information to maintain the rating.
Reporting by Hyunjoo Jin and Sheila Dang; Additional reporting by Katie Paul; Written by Sheila Dang and Katie Paul; Edited by Jonathan Oatis, David Gregorio, Emelia Sithole-Matarise, Daniel Wallis, Sayantani Ghosh, and Gerry Doyle
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