The Musk of December 20: Musk and the Twitter Polls

24 MUSKERIES WAITING FOR SANTA. Whether it’s the Twitter saga, his comments about the invasion of Ukraine or the monetary policy of the American Central Bank, Elon Musk has colored the news in 2022, and more than once made people tremble. financial markets.

We invite you to dive back into the year through a compilation of quotes or facts from the businessman behind Tesla and SpaceX, who never ceases to fascinate or discourage (it depends).

With the advent calendar 24 Muskeries waiting for Santa ClausLes Affaires offers you a muskerie a day until December 24th.

December 20

From the sale of Tesla shares to his departure from the management of Twitter through the reinstatement of Donald Trump’s account, Elon Musk has a habit of submitting major decisions to the vote of users of the social network at the blue bird.

The boss of Tesla and SpaceX, who has used these polls since at least 2018, has increasingly sought the opinion of his followers since his acquisition of Twitter at the end of October for 44 billion dollars.

He generally undertakes to respect the results, often accompanying his messages with the formula “Vox populi, Vox dei”.

Back to some of the main polls initiated by Elon Musk on Twitter.

Attack on the media

In May 2018, in one of his first Twitter polls, Mr. Musk proposed the creation of a “media creation site”.

“I’m thinking of calling it Pravda,” he added ironically.

88.1% of the 681,000 voters had supported his idea, which however never saw the light of day.

“Stop, please,” implored journalist Shannon Stirone in the commentary.

“Do you really want to spread the same distrust of the media that the Trump administration cultivates? “, she had questioned.


In May 2021, Mr. Musk asked if Tesla should accept as a means of payment Dogecoin, a cryptocurrency originally a parody that the multi-billionaire championed, helping to inflate its price for a time.

More than 78% of the approximately 4 million participants had then said yes.

A few months later, Mr. Musk tweeted that the electric vehicle maker would accept payments for certain Tesla-branded products with canine cryptocurrency.

Sale of Tesla shares

The tempestuous leader proposed in early November 2021 to sell 10% of his Tesla shares, saying he wanted to respond to accusations called “unrealized gains are a form of tax evasion”.

About 58% of the 3.5 million voters responded favorably to this suggestion.

According to the the wall street journalthe SEC has opened an investigation to determine whether or not the boss and his brother Kimbal committed a misdemeanor around the sale of shares.

Restoring Trump’s Account

Last month, Mr Musk polled Twitter users on whether or not to reinstate Donald Trump’s account.

The former US president had been suspended for inciting his supporters to violence during the storming of the Capitol on January 6, 2021.

51.8% of the more than 15.8 million voters voted in favor and Mr. Trump’s account was reactivated in the process.

The Republican mogul welcomed the result, but said he shouldn’t tweet again, preferring to focus on his own platform, Truth Social.

Departure from the direction of Twitter

“Should I quit running Twitter? “asked Mr. Musk on his social network overnight from Sunday to Monday.

The verdict fell a few hours later, 57.5% of the more than 17 million voters saying they were in favor of the departure of the entrepreneur, who has not yet confirmed whether he would let go of the reins of the company.

In an exchange with one of his subscribers, Mr. Musk assured that he had no designated successor. He indicated in another message that the platform was heading at high speed towards bankruptcy.


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