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Elon Musk claims he will create his own smartphone if Apple removes Twitter from the App Store

Elon Musk has been tweeting again, and this time he’s come after Apple.

The new Twitter CEO claims that Apple has ‘threatened to withhold Twitter’ from the App Store, but that he has been left in the dark as to why that is.

While this may be the case, tensions have been growing between him and Tim Cook’s company recently with regards to content moderation.

What’s more, Mr Musk has also alluded to making an ‘alternative phone’ if his social network is permanently banned from both the Apple and Google app stores.

Elon Musk has eluded to making an ‘alternative phone’ if his social network is permanently banned from both the Apple and Google app stores

The new Twitter CEO claims that Apple has ‘threatened to withhold Twitter’ from the App Store, but that he has been left in the dark as to why that is

The new Twitter CEO claims that Apple has ‘threatened to withhold Twitter’ from the App Store, but that he has been left in the dark as to why that is

HOW ELSE COULD MUSK CHANGE TWITTER? 

  • Charge a $20 per month subscription fee for a ‘Blue Tick’
  • More adverts 
  • Relax content restrictions
  • Make its algorithms open source
  • Ridding spam bots with increased authentication checks
  • Cheaper ‘Twitter Blue’ service
  • Edit Button for users worldwide
  • Bring back Vine and incorporate it with Twitter

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Both companies have their own policies in place which prevent hate speech, discrimination and harassment on the apps they host.

While neither has responded to Musk’s allegation specifically, Apple CEO Tim Cook has told CBS News that Twitter execs ‘say that they are going to continue to moderate’ and he’s ‘counting on’ them to do so.

However, Mr Musk’s recent moves may suggest otherwise, like saying he will grant a reprieve to accounts that have not ‘broken the law or engaged in egregious spam’.

He has already welcomed back Donald Trump, but the former US president decided not to rejoin, feeling more at home on his own social network Truth Social.

Shortly after, Phil Schiller, an Apple Fellow responsible for leading the App Store, deleted his Twitter account after being active on it since 2008.

This alluded to tension between the two companies, but it has not affected Mr Musk’s heavy criticism of Apple’s decisions.

Yesterday, he tweeted the company had ‘mostly stopped advertising’ on Twitter, meaning they could be joining the other at least 50 companies who have done so since he took over.

The Twitter head also accused Apple of applying a ‘hidden 30% tax’ to in-app purchases within those hosted by the App Store.

This tax would eat into his profit margins if he does relaunch its $8-per-month Twitter Blue subscription service later this week.

Mr Musk has called the dynamic exhibited by both Apple and Google demonstrative of a ‘duopoly,’ and has said the fees charged by the tech giants ‘are obviously too high.’ 

In response to a tweet from a right wing podcast host, who suggested he should build his own smartphone as an alternative to 'biased, snooping iPhone & Android', Mr Musk said he would consider one as a last resort

In response to a tweet from a right wing podcast host, who suggested he should build his own smartphone as an alternative to ‘biased, snooping iPhone & Android’, Mr Musk said he would consider one as a last resort

He recently tweeted the company had 'mostly stopped advertising' on Twitter, meaning they could be joining the other at least 50 companies who have done so since he took over.

He recently tweeted the company had ‘mostly stopped advertising’ on Twitter, meaning they could be joining the other at least 50 companies who have done so since he took over. 

Top brands to pull ads in the wake of Musk’s $44B Twitter buyout

  •  Abbott Laboratories
  • Allstate Corporation
  • AMC Networks
  • American Express Company
  • AT&T
  • Big Heart Petcare
  • BlackRock, Inc.
  • BlueTriton Brands, Inc.
  • Boston Beer Company
  • CA Lottery (California State Lottery)
  • CenturyLink (Lumen Technologies, Inc.)
  • Chanel
  • Chevrolet*
  • Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc.
  • Citigroup, Inc.
  • CNN
  • Dell
  • Diageo
  • DirecTV
  • Discover Financial Services
  • Fidelity
  • First National Realty Partners
  • Ford
  • Heineken N.V.
  • Hewlett-Packard (HP)
  • Hilton Worldwide
  • Inspire Brands, Inc.
  • Jeep
  • Kellogg Company
  • Kohl’s Department Stores, Inc.
  • Kyndryl
  • LinkedIn Corporation
  • MailChimp (The Rocket Science Group)
  • Marriott International, Inc.
  • Mars Petcare
  • Mars, Incorporated
  • Merck & Co. (Merck Sharp & Dohme MSD)
  • Meta Platforms, Inc. (formerly Facebook, Inc.)
  • MoneyWise (Wise Publishing, Inc.)
  • Nestle
  • Novartis AG
  • Pernod Ricard
  • PlayPass
  • The Coca-Cola Company
  • The Kraft Heinz Company
  • Tire Rack
  • Verizon
  • Wells Fargo
  • Whole Foods Market IP
  • Yum! Brands

The tech mogul also started a poll with his followers, asking if they agree that ‘Apple should publish all censorship actions it has taken that affect its customers’.

Even before Mr Musk took the helm, Twitter has been at odds with Apple about its content moderation, or lack thereof.

In an interview with the New York Times, the site’s former head of safety and integrity Yoel Roth said his team would often be contacted by reps with gripes over racial slurs and sexual content.

Apple has also suspended popular apps that do not abide by its store’s moderation rules in the past, like the ‘free speech’ Twitter alternative Parler.

It was removed in the wake of the US Capitol riots in January 2021, but was reinstated three months later after the app made its moderation policies more stringent.

In recent weeks, Twitter users have said they’ve seen a dramatic increase in racist and anti-Semitic tweets – as well as far more scams – on the social network.

According to Bloomberg, Twitter has fired many contractors who worked on policing the deluge of tweets for misinformation and hate speech under the site’s rules.

While it would certainly be a huge loss to Twitter if the app was booted from the App Store and Google Play Store, the ‘Chief Twit’ has promised that he won’t back down.

In response to a tweet from a right wing podcast host, who suggested he should build his own smartphone as an alternative to ‘biased, snooping iPhone & Android’, he said he would consider one as a last resort.

Over the weekend, industry insiders told the Financial Times that Twitter’s current ad situation has worsened in recent weeks.

Twitter has lost over $750 million in advertising in 2022 alone, according to Media Matters’ report. 

This is as agencies have seen decreased communication with Twitter’s ads business team due to so few staff being left following mass layoffs. 

Mr Musk fired roughly 50 percent of the original 7,500-strong workforce after taking control of the company in October – and has since received resignations from more than 1,200 others. 

The mass walkouts came after Mr Musk told staffers earlier this month that they must commit to working ‘long hours at high intensity’ or else leave the company.

That said, the vast majority of companies cited by Media Matters fit the ‘quiet quitter’ classification, pulling ad campaigns from the social media site while not explicitly stating they were doing so or airing plans for a potential return.

These include M&M maker Mars, General Motors, tech firm Kyndryl and pharma companies Merck & Co. and Novartis AG.

At a meeting with staff at Twitter's San Francisco HQ (pictured) on Monday, Musk presented several features that he plans to introduce to Twitter going forward

At a meeting with staff at Twitter’s San Francisco HQ (pictured) on Monday, Musk presented several features that he plans to introduce to Twitter going forward

It’s my call! Elon Musk admits HE has the ultimate power for what goes on Twitter

Twitter CEO Elon Musk has emphatically told his employees that he has the ultimate power and final say over what goes on at the social media company.

Speaking to Twitter staff over zoom, Musk also said that the new moderation council will only fill an advisory role, adding: ‘I don’t need to listen to what they say.’

Mr Musk, who purchased Twitter for $44billion and assumed leadership last month, was addressing his staff on Saturday in a company zoom chat, according to TMZ.

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The latest of changes Mr Musk has proposed for Twitter is end-to-end encryption to direct messages (DMs) – a feature that’s already on chat apps WhatsApp and Signal – as well as voice and video calling.

According to The Verge, he presented this and several other features that he wants to introduce to Twitter going forward to Twitter staff on November 21.

End-to-end encryption ensures only the two participants of a chat can read messages, and no one in between – not even the company that owns the service.

What’s more, code in the Twitter app suggests Twitter is already working on encrypted messages.  

A recording of Mr Musk’s presentation to staff was obtained and partly transcribed by The Verge. 

His vision for Twitter was displayed in a selection of presentation slides entitled ‘Twitter 2.0’, according to staff. 

Mr Musk said he wants to make it impossible for hackers to gain access to someone’s DMs on Twitter, even in the most extreme circumstances.

‘It should be the case that I can’t look at anyone’s DMs if somebody has put a gun to my head,’ he said. 

‘We want to enable users to be able to communicate without being concerned about their privacy, without being concerned about a data breach at Twitter causing all of their DMs to hit the web, or think that maybe someone at Twitter could be spying on their DMs. 

‘That’s obviously not going to be cool and it has happened a few times before.’ 

TIMELINE OF ELON MUSK’S TWITTER TAKEOVER

April 2: Musk announces that he owns 9.2 percent of the company, making him its largest single shareholder.

April 14: Musk offers to take Twitter private at $54.20 a share, valuing the company at $44billion.

April 25: Twitter accepts Musk’s offer.

April 29: Musk sells $8bn in Tesla shares to finance deal.

May 13: Musk says Twitter deal is on hold pending a review of bot accounts.

May 26: Musk is sued by Twitter for stock manipulation during takeover.

July 8:  Musk says he’s backing out of the deal. Twitter sues, trying to force him into seeing it through.

October 4: Musk proposes again to go ahead with the deal at the original price.

October 17: Proposed trial date in Delaware.

October 26: Musk visits Twitter HQ with a sink, updates his bio to ‘Chief Twit’ and sets his location to Twitter HQ.

October 27: Musk is officially made the new owner of Twitter, and tweets ‘the bird is freed’.

November 1: Musk confirms plans to change the system of ‘Blue Tick’ verification on Twitter, for a reduced subscription fee of $8 a month.

November 4: Musk lays off half of Twitter’s workforce as an alleged cost-cutting measure, claiming he had ‘no choice’.

November 9: Musk launches the ‘Twitter Blue’ subscription service which verifies accounts for a monthly fee.

November 11: The Twitter Blue service is paused due to accounts purchasing verification and using it to impersonate brands and public figures.

November 12: Musk fires 80 per cent of Twitter contractors without warning.

November 15: Musk fires employees that posted negatively about him on the business messaging app Slack. The lawsuit between Musk and Twitter is dismissed.

November 16:  Twitter staff are told they need to sign a pledge to be able to stay on in their roles where they would be ‘working long hours at high intensity’ or receive three months of severance pay, resulting in a mass exodus.

November 18 –  A news-ticker was projected onto Twitter HQ in San Francisco dubbing Musk as a ‘space Karen’, ‘mediocre manchild’ and ‘bankruptcy baby’.

November 26 – Financial Times reveals that 50 of the platform’s top 100 advertisers have paused ads on Twitter.



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