Elon Musk’s Twitter poll on his future as the platform’s owner has closed — and the people have spoken.
After Musk posed the question on Twitter on Sunday, more than 57% of voters said he should resign as CEO. The poll, which closed on Monday morning, received over 17.5 million votes.
“Should I resign as Twitter CEO?” Musk tweeted on Sunday. “I will follow the results of this poll.”
Musk, who bought Twitter for $44 billion in October, is the company’s CEO. Many of his actions since the acquisition have sparked controversy, such as firing the majority of the Twitter staff, allowing nonpublic figures to pay for verification, and spreading an unfounded conspiracy theory about an attack on Paul Pelosi.
Twitter’s suspension of Washington Post journalist Taylor Lorenz, who said she was banned Saturday after contacting Musk about a story she was working on, drew criticism as well. Musk stated that the suspension was due to “previous doxxing action,” and Lorenz’s account was restored on Sunday.
[Twitter suspended, then reinstated journalist Taylor Lorenz for what Elon Musk refers to as ‘prior doxxing action’]
Investors in Tesla, the electric car company Musk also leads, have expressed concern that the billionaire is devoting too much of his time to Twitter.
Musk has not publicly commented on the results of his poll. “Those who seek power are the ones who deserve it the least,” he tweeted late Sunday night.
Musk told a Delaware judge last month that he wanted to “reduce my time at Twitter and find somebody else to run Twitter over time,” according to Axios.