Musk Blames ‘Bot Army’ for Twitter Poll He Posted Asking Users If He Should Step Down as CEO, Claims Now Only Verified Accounts Can Participate

Elon Musk said he will only be allowing paying Twitter users to vote in future polls after he claimed a “bot army” may have been behind the latest one calling for him to step down as CEO.

  • Twitter CEO Elon Musk blamed “deep state” bots in his latest poll asking if he should step down from his position.
  • He explained now only verified Twitter Blue accounts will be able to vote in the future.
  • After less than 24 hours of keeping the poll live, more than 17.5 million users voted, and nearly 57.5% called for him to give up his position.
  • Famous internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom told Musk he thought it was “unwise to run a poll like this when you are now deep state enemy #1,” because “they have the biggest bot army on Twitter.”
  • Musk’s Twitter Blue subscription now costs users $8 a month for the checkmark — a move that sparked outrage among users on the platform in October 2022.

“I’m hoping that Elon did this poll as a honeypot to catch all the deep state bots. The dataset for this poll will contain most of them. Some good data-mining and he could kill them all in one go,” THE ENTREPRENEUR SAID.

  • Musk posted the poll late Sunday night asking if he should step down as head of his new social media company.
  • “Should I step down as head of Twitter?” Musk asked at the time. “I will abide by the results of this poll.”
  • The final result revealed more than half of the voters wanted the billionaire to step down.
  • “The question is not finding a CEO, the question is finding a CEO who can keep Twitter alive,” Musk tweeted after the poll was complete.