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Five tweets show how Twitter’s Elon Musk declared ‘war’ with Apple

Elon Musk: These are the five most controversial tweets against Apple made by the billionaire.

Elon Musk Tim Cook, Elon Musk Apple, Tim Cook Elon Musk,Musk has posted a series of tweets targeting Apple and Apple CEO Tim Cook for not supporting "free speech". ()Image Source: Reuters)

Elon Musk is currently at war with US-based tech giant Apple amidst the Twitter takeover chaos. Musk has claimed that Apple has stopped spending on Twitter ads and could soon boot Twitter from the App Store.

Musk has previously claimed that Twitter has seen a massive drop in revenue, blaming activists for pressuring advertisers. More recently, the Tesla and SpaceX founder has targeted Apple for backing out of advertising on the platform, posting a series of tweets about the same.

Here are the five most controversial tweets by Musk targeted at Apple:

‘Does Apple hate free speech in America?’

Musk’s latest in many tweets against Apple came out as a direct question to Apple on why the company “hates free speech in America. ” Musk even went on to tag Apple CEO Tim Cook in a subsequent tweet in the thread.

‘Apple has also threatened to withhold Twitter from its App Store’

Musk has also said in a separate tweet that Apple has threatened him with removing Twitter from the App Store, which happens to be one of the largest markets for free and premium apps. Musk adds that Apple has not clearly stated the reasons behind the threat.

‘I will make an alternative phone’

The billionaire has already ventured into rockets and electric cars. Now Musk has said that he will not shy away from making his own smartphone to rival Apple and Google if both the Play Store and the App Store boot Twitter from the platforms.

‘Apple puts a secret 30% tax on everything’

In yet another tweet, Musk talks about the ‘secret’ tax Apple levies on developers who publish their apps on the App Store. While the 30 per cent cut Apple gets for sharing an app on the App Store is not exactly a secret, many developers and apps have been vocally against the high amount in the past, including Epic Games and Spotify.


‘Apple should publish all censorship actions’

In another tweet questioning Apple’s actions towards censorship, Musk runs a poll asking users if they think the tech giant should publish a list of all their actions contributing to censorship on various platforms.

Since Musk’s takeover of the micro-blogging platform last month, two aspects have been of prime concern for both users and advertisers. The first of these is the new wave of content moderation, which allows all kinds of tweets related to racism and other issues to go up on the platform in the name of free speech.

The second is the platform’s approach to verification, which has undergone a massive change recently. With the new $8 Twitter Blue programme being able to grant everyone a Blue Tick verified badge, the risk of misinformation spreading also looms large.

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First published on: 29-11-2022 at 11:47 IST
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