Elon Musk said on Tuesday that he questioned the reliability of a Twitter poll in which a majority of votes said he should step down as the company’s CEO.
Musk, who became sole owner of the platform on October 27, had previously said he would stand by the poll’s results, but in a series of tweets, the mogul hinted that the vote could be manipulated by bots.
In a poll released Monday, 57 percent of voters, or 10 million votes, favored Musk stepping down just eight weeks after taking ownership of the company for $44 billion.
But polling company HarrisX conducted its own poll of Twitter users on Tuesday, in which 61 percent of respondents voted to keep Musk as CEO.
“Interesting. Suggest we may still have a bit-bot problem of his on Twitter…” Musk said in a reply.
HarrisX said the findings “discredit” Twitter’s vote, adding that the survey was conducted “with Twitter or any organization associated with Elon Musk.”
It came after Musk admitted to another tweet suggesting the Twitter poll had been overrun by bots. He also said future surveys would be limited to paid Twitter subscribers.
Musk has used Twitter polls to make controversial decisions on the platform, including reinstating the accounts of former US President Donald Trump and other suspended users.
The results of the latest poll on Monday boosted the share price of his electric car company Tesla as investors hoped Musk would spend less time on Twitter.
CNBC and Bloomberg reported that Musk was conducting a Twitter CEO search, citing anonymous sources, but the Tesla and SpaceX owner mocked the report with a laughing emoji on Twitter.
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