Nov 18 (Reuters) – Elon Musk launched a Twitter poll late on Friday asking followers to vote on whether to reinstate former U.S. President Donald Trump’s account on the platform, with roughly 60% voting yes in initial results.
“Vox populi, vox dei,” Musk tweeted, a Latin phrase that roughly means “the voice of man is the voice of God.” Voting was open 24 hours.
New Twitter owner Musk said in May that he would lift Twitter’s ban on Trump, whose account was suspended after last year’s attack on the US Capitol.
Musk said earlier in the day that a decision had not yet been made to bring back Trump’s account and that Twitter had reinstated Some controversial accounts that have been banned or suspended include satirical website Babylon B and 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, which has included massive layoffs.
In a memo Friday to remaining employees seen by Reuters, Musk told those who write software code to report to the 10th floor of Twitter’s headquarters in San Francisco by noon.
The billionaire said in a follow-up email: “If possible, I would appreciate it if you could fly to SF to attend in person,” adding that he will be in the office until midnight and return Saturday morning.
He asks employees to email a summary of what their software code has “accomplished” in the past six months, “with 10 screenshots of the most important lines of code.”
“There will be brief, technical interviews that allow me to better understand the Twitter tech stack,” Musk wrote in an email and asked engineers to report at 2 p.m. Friday.
The emails came a day after hundreds of Twitter employees made the decision Leave the beleaguered social media company Musk followed a deadline Thursday that workers sign up for “long hours at high intensity.”
Adds an exit Change and chaos That marks Musk’s first three weeks as Twitter owner. He also fired top management, including former CEO Parag Agarwal and senior officials in charge of security and privacy. Verification of drawings from a controller.
A White House official also weighed in, saying Twitter should let Americans know what the company was like Protecting their data.
The tech website platform said Friday that the company’s top ad sales executive, Robin Wheeler, has been fired.
Wheeler, who told employees in a memo last week that he was staying, tweeted Friday: “To Tim and my clients … you have always been my first and only priority,” along with a salute emoji that was accepted as a farewell. Departing employees.
Twitter told employees on Thursday that it would close its offices and cut badge access until Monday, according to two sources. Reuters could not immediately confirm whether the headquarters had reopened.
On Friday afternoon, the company began cutting off access to company systems for some employees who refused to accept Musk’s offer, three people told Reuters.
Another source said the company plans to close 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 might not be able to “Survive the Coming Economic Recession.” “We’re also changing Twitter’s policy so that remote work is no longer allowed unless you have specific exceptions,” he added.
Among the changes, Moody’s withdrew its B1 credit rating for Twitter, saying it had insufficient information to maintain the rating.
Reporting by Hyunjoo Jin and Sheila Dang; Additional reporting by Katie Paul; Written by Sheila Dang and Katie Paul; Editing by Jonathan Otis, David Gregorio, Emelia Sithole-Mataris, Daniel Wallis, Sayantani Ghosh, and Gerry Doyle
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