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Elon Musk suggests that only Twitter Blue users can vote on changes

“Twitter will make that change,” Musk tweeted, in a response to a user suggesting that only those who pay for the platform should be able to vote. The policy change could be a way for Musk to return to his commitment respect the results of his poll, released Sunday evening, on whether to stay on as CEO.

Good point. Twitter will make that change.

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 19, 2022

Musk posted polls on Twitter ahead of some policy changes, such as before offering a “general amnestyto accounts suspended before it took over the social media company.

But just allowing paying subscribers to vote on Twitter’s future could deprive millions of international users, due to Twitter Blue’s limited global availability.

Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Twitter polls

Recent polls have not gone in favor of Musk. On Thursday, Twitter suspended the accounts of Mastodon and several tech journalists. Moss claimed the accounts he had shared his real-time location information (which he described as “assassination coordinates” in a tweet).

Musk released a poll asking how long users suspended for “doxxing” should wait before Twitter reinstates their accounts. The majority of users in two consecutive surveys said Twitter should unblock accounts immediately. Twitter has since reinstated the suspended accounts.

Then, Sunday, Musk he promised to probe users before making major policy changes. His pledge came after the social media company was criticized for introducing a new rule that prevents users from sharing links to competing social media platforms, such as Instagram or Instagram. Facebook.

Going forward, there will be a vote for major policy changes. My apologies. It will not happen again.

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 18, 2022

Musk then asked users to vote on whether he should step down as CEO. The poll garnered 17.5 million votes, 57.5 percent of which called for Musk to step down as head of the company.

Elon Musk may be looking for reasons to dismiss poll results, answering “interesting” for a user who suggested, without evidence, that bots voted in the poll.

Who gets access to Twitter Blue

After Musk suggested that only Twitter Blue customers could vote, users referred to the “poll tax,” or a tax in which people pay a flat fee to the government, regardless of wealth or income. US state governments often used poll taxes to suppress the voting rights of black Americans, before the US banned the practice in 1964 through the Twenty-fourth Amendment to the US Constitution.

A guy who refers to Twitter as the digital city square decides it’s a good idea to institute a poll tax. Incredible mind at work.

— Josh Sawyer (@jesawyer) December 20, 2022

Limiting votes to Twitter Blue subscribers only excludes millions of users who don’t yet have access to the subscription service. Blue Twitter is only available in the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the UK The social media company says it has “plans to expand” elsewhere.

That limited global availability prevents millions of users outside these five countries from voting on Twitter policy changes.

Twitter Blue is not available in Japanthe social media platform second largest market. (Elon previously mentioned Twitter strength in Japan as something he wanted the company to emulate globally.) IndiaIndonesia and Brazil are Twitter’s third, fourth and fifth largest markets respectively, with the UK in sixth place, according to the analyst firm Kepio.

Twitter reported 196.3 million monthly daily active users outside the US, up from 41.5 million in the US in the second quarter of 2022, according to its earnings report.

Good point. Twitter will make that change.

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 19, 2022