Elon Musk launched late this Friday a Twitter poll in which he asked his followers to vote on the possibility of reinstating the account of former US President Donald Trump on the platform. The first results show that approximately 53% voted in favor.
“Vox Populi, Vox Dei”, Musk tweeted, a Latin phrase meaning “the voice of the people, the voice of God.” The survey was launched at 5:47 p.m. in San Francisco (01:47 a.m. in Spain) and will be open for 24 hours.
Musk, the new owner of Twitter, said in May that he would reverse the ban on Trump’s personal account, which was suspended after last year’s attack on the Capitol from United States.
Reinstate former President Trump
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 19, 2022
Musk previously claimed that the decision to bring back Trump’s account had not yet been made, and that Twitter had reinstated some controversial profiles that had been banned or suspended, including the satirical website. Babylon Bee and the comedian Kathy Griffin.
Musk’s decision to ask Twitter users for guidance on who should be on the platform is part of a massive restructuring of the company, including mass layoffs.
In a statement sent to the remaining employees on Friday, seen by Reuters, Musk asked some software engineers to report to the 10th floor of Twitter’s San Francisco headquarters in the early afternoon. “If possible, I would appreciate it if you would fly here to be present in person”the billionaire added in the email.
Musk also asked employees to email him a summary of what your software code has “achieved” in the last six months“along with up to 10 screenshots of the most prominent lines of code.”
“There will be short and technical interviews that will allow me to better understand the technological operation of TwitterMusk wrote in one of the emails, asking engineers to report by 2 p.m. Friday.
These messages came a day after hundreds of Twitter employees were estimated to have decided to leave the company. The exodus adds to the change and chaos that have marked Musk’s first three weeks as owner of the social network. He has fired senior management, including former CEO Parag Agarwal, and senior officials responsible for security and privacy.
In his first email to Twitter employees, Musk warned that the entity may not be able to “survive the next economic downturn”. To argue the dismissals and drastic measures, he also assured that “we are also changing Twitter policy in such a way that remote work is no longer allowed, unless you have a specific exception.”
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