According to Elon Musk’s allegations, Twitter has been threatened by Apple regarding the removal of the app from the iOS app store. This would be terrible for the company that the billionaire just paid $44 billion to purchase.
Elon Musk alleged that the tech giant is threatening to prevent iPhone users from using the Twitter app. And accused Apple of “censorship”. In fact, the new Twitter CEO claimed in a series of tweets that Apple had mostly stopped running ads on the platform.
Do they dislike American freedom of speech? He reportedly made this statement in connection to his frequently expressed desire. To promote his view of free expression on the platform. The wealthy businessman also used the occasion to publicly criticize Tim Cook. And the 30% transaction fee that Apple charges big application developers to be in its app store. The new leader of Twitter has previously criticized the App Store commission.
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Elon Musk also mentions that “Apple has also threatened to remove Twitter from its App Store. But does not tell us why” in a subsequent tweet. It appears that Elon Musk’s new policy and maybe some of his acts, such as the blanket amnesty for all the previously banned users, are not well received by the American tech giant.
In either case, Twitter needs Apple to make sure that its services are accessible on the more than 1 billion active iOS devices made by the American manufacturer. Without Apple, Twitter would experience a dramatic decline in the number of users it could access.
If the app were to be taken off of the company’s stores, Elon Musk is prepared for this possibility and has previously stated that Twitter would think about developing its own smartphone competitor to Apple and Android devices. If the latter turns out to be actually real. It may function with the help of a new mobile operating system (OS) that only functions with the web. A similar try has already took place by others, such as Mozilla with Firefox OS. But its development stopped in 2016.