Having seen waves of extreme over-reactions to Elon Musk's take-over of Twitter - and demands for all sorts of censorship being reinstated - we have seen an armada of virtue-signaling among advertisers pulling their spending from the free-speech platform.
Following demands from numerous former blue-checks for the deplatforming of such a dangerous app as Twitter has surely become...
In a New York Times op-ed, the former head of trust and safety at Twitter, Yoel Roth, wrote Twitter under Musk's leadership is at risk of being removed from Apple and Google's app stores if they fail to follow guidelines:
"Failure to adhere to Apple's and Google's guidelines would be catastrophic, risking Twitter's expulsion from their app stores and making it more difficult for billions of potential users to get Twitter's services. This gives Apple and Google enormous power to shape the decisions Twitter makes," Roth said.
He explained, "as I departed the company, the calls from the app review teams had already begun."
...Elon Musk has just broken the news that, seemingly confirming the rumors, Apple is threatening to pull Twitter's app from its app-store... and won't say why...
Apple has also threatened to withhold Twitter from its App Store, but won’t tell us why— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 28, 2022
Musk is not taking this lying down as one would expect, first questioning where Tim Cook hates free speech?
What’s going on here @tim_cook?— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 28, 2022
Then asking his 119 million followers if Apple should publish its censorship actions...
Apple should publish all censorship actions it has taken that affect its customers— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 28, 2022
Which for now is extremely tilted towards 'yes'...
As a reminder, Phil Schiller, Apple’s App Store head honcho, just deactivated his Twitter account, which observers are not necessarily reading as a great sign. As Bloomberg’s reporter on the Apple beat, Mark Gurman, summed it up, “We appear to now know how Apple’s App Store chief feels about the new Twitter.”
Musk has made it clear how he feels about Apple's monopoly...
Accurate https://t.co/1PRfh67nWX— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 28, 2022
...and what he thinks about Apple's monopolistic pricing model for the App store...
Apple would clearly benefit greatly from Musk's new $8-a-month Twitter Blue subscriptions - scraping 15-30% of that revenue.
Did you know Apple puts a secret 30% tax on everything you buy through their App Store? https://t.co/LGkPZ4EYcz— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 28, 2022
Finally we note that Musk unveiled a simple plan Friday night if Apple or Google decides to boot the social media platform from their stores: build a smartphone. And how hard could that be?
Musk responded to conservative commentator Liz Wheeler, who tweeted: "If Apple & Google boot Twitter from their app stores, @elonmusk should produce his own smartphone. Half the country would happily ditch the biased, snooping iPhone & Android. The man builds rockets to Mars, a silly little smartphone should be easy, right?"
"I certainly hope it does not come to that," Musk told Wheeler, "but, yes, if there is no other choice, I will make an alternative phone."
I certainly hope it does not come to that, but, yes, if there is no other choice, I will make an alternative phone— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 25, 2022