Musk: Apple threatens to ban Twitter from App Store requesting changes
Twitter CEO Elon Musk confirms threats from Apple in exchange for policy changes.
Twitter CEO Elon Musk said on Monday that Apple has threatened to remove the social media network from its app store if certain changes are not met.
According to Musk, "Apple has also threatened to withhold Twitter from its App Store, but won’t tell us why," as he responded to the question of whether or not the company has been threatened by Apple recently.
Apple has also threatened to withhold Twitter from its App Store, but won’t tell us why— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 28, 2022
Musk polled Twitter followers earlier on Monday to determine whether Apple should make all of its censoring decisions that have impacted its users public.
The vote will end on Tuesday in the afternoon, but thus far, a resounding majority of Twitter users are in favor of Apple being more open about any potential censoring measures it may have done.
Apple should publish all censorship actions it has taken that affect its customers— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 28, 2022
Musk threatened to develop a new smartphone last week if the social network was taken down from the Apple and Google app stores.
Musk started the poll in response to a Twitter comment from LBRY, a company that manages file-sharing and payments for social networks, which claimed that Apple required its apps to filter out certain search phrases else Twitter's app wouldn't be accepted in the Apple app store.
Who else has Apple censored? https://t.co/lZculFIkAX— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 28, 2022
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