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Elon Musk and Tim Cook Meet at Apple Headquarters — Reveals Decision on Removing Twitter from App Store

    Twitter CEO Elon Musk met with Apple CEO Tim Cook at Apple’s headquarters on Wednesday.

    “Thanks [Tim Cook] for taking me around Apple’s beautiful HQ,” Musk said.

    “Good conversation,” he continued. “Among other things, we resolved the misunderstanding about Twitter potentially being removed from the App Store. Tim was clear that Apple never considered doing so.”

    This comes as quite a surprise to many who believed that Cook was about to drop Twitter from the App Store over content moderation concerns.

    “The media cheered on the prospect of Twitter being banned by Apple and Google and even called for it,” Ian Cheong remarked. “We know who our enemies are—it’s the media. Many in tech just want to do the right thing but they’re so afraid to. You’re showing them how it’s done.”

    “Looks like Tim didn’t want another smart phone competitor and decided to play nice,” Seth Weathers remarked.

    Musk earlier had entertained the thought of building his own phone if Apple and Google wanted to play hardball.

    “If Apple & Google boot Twitter from their app stores, [Elon Musk] should produce his own smartphone,” Liz Wheeler remarked. “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, but, yes, if there is no other choice, I will make an alternative phone,” he replied.

    On Monday, Musk revealed that Apple is threatening to remove Twitter from its App Store.

    “Apple has also threatened to withhold Twitter from its App Store, but won’t tell us why,” Musk said.

    Shem Horne points out that the threat is unlikely to be about Musk’s recent restoration of former President Donald Trump’s account.

    “Truth Social is allowed on their App Store, which means it isn’t about President Trump or content moderation,” Horne said. “It’s about trying to bring you under control and make you submit to the lefts demands like the previous owners of Twitter did.”

    Musk earlier said that Apple had all-but-stopped advertising on Twitter.

    “Apple has mostly stopped advertising on Twitter,” Musk said. “Do they hate free speech in America?”

    What’s going on here @tim_cook?” he added, referring to Apple CEO Tim Cook.

    In another sign of escalation, Elon Musk agreed that a parody of a famous 1984-themed ad from Apple was “accurate.”

    Conservative commentator Ashley St. Clair actually had a brilliant idea for Elon Musk, should the clash with Apple escalate.

    “Remove this free advertising for them,” she said. “All tweets show device/social management service.”

    One digital publisher, LBRY, revealed that Apple had forced it to restrict search terms or be considered ineligible for the App Store.

    “During Covid, Apple demanded our apps filter some search terms from being returned,”LBRY said. “If we did not filter the terms, our apps would not be allowed in the store. Apple may make good products, but they have been opposed to free speech for some time.”

    Elon also ran a poll asking users if Apple should reveal its censorship actions to users.

    Musk also said that Apple puts a 30% tax on everything bought through its App Store.

    As Matthew Foldi of the Free Beacon pointed out, Apple has long engaged in anticompetitive behavior.

    “Meta and Spotify both slammed Apple for anticompetitive behavior in its App Store through its ‘developer tax’,” an Examiner article states.

    “Meta attacked Apple after it quietly updated its rules to require that certain transactions made in-app, such as purchases of NFTs or social media boosts, must be made through the App Store — thus making them subject to a 30% levy by Apple,” the article added.

    Elon Musk, for his part, recently lauded Shopify for standing up to activists attempting to get content creators silenced.

    “Shopify has a published acceptable use policy and a principled process to apply it,’ CEO Tobi Lutke said. “Pressure groups on all sides try to influence it sometimes and CBC needs to see through that not amplify bad faith narrative.”

    “Good for you!” Musk responded.

    Seth Dillon, Babylon Bee CEO, summed up the clash between Musk and Leftists demanding censorship of Americans’ speech.

    While Mollie Hemingway of The Federalist noted that Apple has long aided and abetted China’s oppression of the Chinese people.

    Journalist Rita Panahi also noted Apple’s complicity with the Chinese regime during the current uprising against Covid Zero lockdowns.

    One of the major points of content for Musk’s critics is the disbanding of a ‘content moderation council’ opposed to free speech and diversity of political opinion 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 said. “They broke the deal.”

    However, there is no credible evidence to support an uptick in “hate speech” on the platform. As Elon Musk recently pointed out, the metrics that Twitter used to track such alleged “hate speech” are down by one-third after his takeover.

    The left’s campaign against free speech on Twitter has been at least partly successful, as a Washington Post analysis revealed this week.

    “More than a third of Twitter’s top 100 marketers have not advertised on the social media network in the past two weeks, a Washington Post analysis of marketing data found — an indication of the extent of skittishness among advertisers about billionaire Elon Musk’s control of the company,” the Post said.

    “Dozens of top Twitter advertisers, including 14 of the top 50, have stopped advertising in the few weeks since Musk’s chaotic acquisition of the social media company, according to The Post’s analysis of data from Pathmatics, which offers brand analysis on digital marketing trends,” the analysis continued.

    The European Union has also reacted to Elon Musk’s Twitter takeover by threatening to ban the platform unless it complies with the EU’s rules on moderating political speech.

    As reported by the Financial Times, EU industry chief Thierry Breton made the threat during a video meeting with Musk on Wednesday. Breton told Musk “there is still huge work ahead” to bring the platform in compliance with Brussels’ rules.

    Elon Musk in recent weeks has taken his $44 billion investment in Twitter and transformed the website into one based more on free speech and transparency. Musk has restored former President Donald Trump’s once-banned Twitter account and granted a blanket amnesty to suspended conservative Twitter accounts. Musk appears to only be getting started.

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