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Elon Musk continues to dominate the social media landscape, irritating companies like Apple with his new restrictions about free speech and the absence of sensors on his latest acquisition, the Twitter app.
Musk has recently stated that App Store fees are excessively expensive. Musk stated on November 19 that “App store fees are obviously too high due to the iOS/Android duopoly” and that it is a “hidden 30 percent tax on the Internet.”
Musk targeted the Department of Justice’s antitrust section in another tweet. An unidentified source informed Politico that the FCC is probing app store guidelines. Twitter competitor Parler in early 2021 was removed from Google Play, the Software Store, and later, Amazon’s Cloud Services when the app rose up in the number of overall downloads. Conservatives slammed the action, seeing it as evidence that large tech giants had a monopoly on online communication.
There are now doubts over whether Twitter will be removed from app stores owing to its competitive advantage in terms of free expression. Tech mogul Musk is not discouraged by such conjecture and already has a strategy in mind if that occurs, claiming he would develop his own phone amid fears Twitter may be expelled from Google Play or Apple’s App Store.
“I certainly hope it does not come to that, but, yes, if there is no other choice, I will make an alternative phone,” he wrote in response to a Twitter post from podcaster Liz Wheeler. “The man builds rockets to Mars, a silly little smartphone should be easy, right?” Wheeler said.
Neither Apple, which sells iPhones, nor Google, which is behind the Android mobile operating system, have openly hinted that Twitter may be discarded from either the App Store or Google Play.
However, Epoch Times stated:
Speculation ramped up earlier this month after Apple’s Twitter account deleted all of its posts and an Apple executive in charge of the App Store, Phil Scheller, appeared to delete his account. Apple CEO Tim Cook, however, is still active on the platform along with several other Apple Twitter accounts.
And Twitter’s former head of safety Yoel Roth wrote for the New York Times earlier in November that Twitter not adhering to “Apple and Google’s guidelines would be catastrophic” for the app and would risk its “expulsion from their app stores.” Roth also claimed that when he recently “departed the company, the calls from the app review teams had already begun,”
Musk also launched a poll on Wednesday asking Twitter users whether the firm should “give a broad amnesty to banned accounts, assuming they have not violated the law or participated in egregious spam?” Approximately 72% of respondents voted in support of amnesty. Hours later, Musk posted that “amnesty begins next week,” without elaborating.
He also claimed that the lack of a so-called moderation committee was due to social and political activist organizations who he said breached an agreement with him by urging corporations to cease advertising on Twitter.
“A large coalition of political/social activist groups agreed not to try to kill Twitter by starving us of advertising revenue if I agreed to this condition,” Musk wrote last week. “They broke the deal,” he added.
Musk reinstated a number of significant accounts after assuming control, including those of Project Veritas, Jordan Peterson, James Lindsay, and former President Donald Trump. Trump has not used his Twitter account since it was reactivated nearly a week ago. The reactivation of Trump’s account appears to have prompted the strongest left-wing outrage. The so-called “Stop Toxic Twitter” campaign, formed of sixty activist organizations, stated that Musk must enforce the company’s regulations prior to his acquisition.
More on this story via The Republic Brief:
“Unless and until Musk can be trusted to enforce Twitter’s prior community standards, the platform is not safe for users or advertisers,” they said earlier this month.
Musk said new user signups to the social media platform are at an “all-time high” and said that more two million per day were coming in over the last seven days as of Nov. 16, up 66 percent compared to the same week in 2021. He also said that user active minutes were at a record high, averaging nearly 8 billion active minutes per day in the last seven days as of Nov. 15, an increase of 30 percent in comparison to the same week last year. CONTINUE READING…