Elon Musk, the owner of Twitter, launched an attack on Apple on Monday over the iPhone maker’s strict control over what is permitted on the App Store, claiming it has threatened to remove his recently acquired social media platform.
Musk added his voice to the chorus of those complaining about the 30% fee Apple charges on purchases made through its App Store, which serves as the only route for software to reach its more than a billion mobile devices.
Musk posted a series of tweets, one of which featured a meme showing a car with his initial name driving into a freeway off-ramp marked “Go to War” rather than going on towards “Pay 30%.”Additionally, the multibillionaire CEO claimed in a tweet that Apple “threatened to withdraw Twitter from its App Store, but won’t tell us why.”
Apple did not respond to a comment request right away. Social networking apps must have efficient procedures in place for filtering out hazardous or abusive content in order to be available in Apple and Google’s app stores.
However, since taking over Twitter last month, Musk has slashed around half of the company’s employment, including a significant number of disinformation-fighting staffers, while an undetermined number of other employees have willingly left.Additionally, he has allowed accounts that had been previously blocked, including Donald Trump’s.
Failure to follow Apple’s and Google’s criteria would be devastating, according to Yoel Roth, the former head of trust and safety at Twitter who departed when Musk took over, and might result in “expulsion from their app stores,” according to his opinion piece in the New York Times.