Elon Musk was prepared to fight Apple over Twitter only a few days ago. In a number of tweets, he blasted Apple, alleging that the company had threatened to remove Twitter from its App Store. Musk also stated that if Google and Apple rejected Twitter, he would be happy to create his own smartphone. But all of that is now in the past. Musk claims Cook informed him that Apple “never considered” removing Apple from its App Store following a meeting at the company’s headquarters.
He shared a brief video taken at Apple Park in Cupertino along with the words “Good talk.” Regarding Twitter’s exclusion from the App Store, Apple never made any public statements. But once Musk began restoring accounts that Twitter had previously banned for breaking its rules, including the account of former President Donald Trump, the likelihood that it would happen looked to be growing.
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Following his tweets that appeared to incite extremists to storm the U.S. Capitol, Trump’s accounts were suspended on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram (among other platforms). Both Apple and Google have anti-hate speech, anti-discrimination, and anti-harassment rules in place, and both have temporarily banned the right-wing social media platform, Parler, before reintroducing it.
It’s unclear if Musk was able to address other concerns he raised in recent tweets, such as his assertion that Apple has “mostly stopped advertising on Twitter” and his criticism of Apple’s “secret 30% tax on everything you buy through their App Store,” in which he was alluding to the 30% cut Apple takes from app developers who earn more than $1 million annually through the App Store.
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