Elon Musk launches a Twitter war of words with one of the social media app’s key partners: Apple.
On Monday, Mr Musk claimed Apple was considering launching Twitter from its App Store, which would be a massive hit for the social media site.
“Apple has also threatened to withhold Twitter from its App Store but won’t tell us why,” Mr Musk tweeted.
Earlier in the day, Mr Musk highlighted other apparent tensions with Apple, claiming that “Apple has mostly stopped advertising on Twitter” and suggesting that they “hate freedom of speech in America”.
The Independent has reached out to Apple for comment.
Mr Musk has previously criticized the App Store, claiming in a tweet earlier this month that its fees are “manifestly excessive” and tantamount to a “duopoly” of Apple and Android using their market control to impose a “hidden 30 percent tax.” on the App Store” to enforce Internet.”
Those criticisms intensified on Monday, with Mr Musk appearing to imply in another tweet that he would rather “go to war” than continue paying such a fee.
Earlier this month, Apple CEO Tim Cook told CBS News that he was keeping an eye on how Twitter handles content moderation now that Musk is at the helm.
Apple imposes moderation standards that prevent apps with inflammatory and adult content from accessing its App Store.
“They say they will continue to moderate,” Cook said. “I’m counting on them to keep doing that.”
In a comment in the The New York Times Earlier this month, Yoel Roth, Twitter’s former head of trust and safety, described Twitter’s intricate balancing act in maintaining its reputation as an open forum and occasional home for adult content, while retaining its place in the Apple ecosystem.
“Failing to follow Apple and Google’s policies would be disastrous, risking Twitter’s ban from their app stores and making it more difficult for billions of potential users to obtain Twitter’s services,” he wrote.
“This gives Apple and Google tremendous power to influence the decisions Twitter makes. Twitter will have to balance its new owner’s goals against the practical realities of life online at Apple and Google — no easy task for the employees who have chosen to stay.”
Mr Musk has announced plans to allow numerous accounts previously banned from Twitter back onto the platform.
He has already started with one of the most polarizing reports, that of former President Donald Trump being banned from the site after January 6 for inciting violence.
https://www.independent.ie/business/technology/elon-musk-claims-apple-is-threatening-to-boot-twitter-from-its-app-store-42181226.html Elon Musk claims Apple is ‘threatening’ to boot Twitter from its App Store