Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted Thursday that it would be "utterly indefensible" for his offer to buy Twitter not to be put up to vote.
"Absolutely," Musk responded to a tweet suggesting his offer to buy Twitter should be put to a vote. "It would be utterly indefensible not to put this offer to a shareholder vote. They own the company, not the board of directors."
Musk has offered to buy Twitter a deal worth more than $43 billion and take the social media company private.
Musk’s best and final offer was to pay $54.20 per share for 100% of Twitter, and said that if his offer was not accepted he’d have to reconsider his position as a shareholder, according to an SEC filing.
Musk also posted a poll asking his over 80 million followers whether they believed his $43 billion offer should be voted on by shareholders.
Over 200,000 Twitter users voted within the first 15 minutes of the poll being live with over 85% of them agreeing that shareholders of the social media company should vote on the deal.
Musk wrote in a recent filing that his goal is to "transform" the social media giant.
"I invested in Twitter as I believe in its potential to be the platform for free speech around the globe, and I believe free speech is a societal imperative for a functioning democracy," Musk wrote. "However, since making my investment I now realize the company will neither thrive nor serve this societal imperative in its current form."
Musk said the takeover attempt is "not a threat, it's simply not a good investment without the changes that need to be made."
Fox News' Stephanie Sorace contributed to this report