Elon Musk reveals that Apple has “threatened to withhold” the Twitter app from the App Store, the official app marketplace of iPhone and iPad users.
His recent claim comes as there have been rumors and suggestions that there is a possibility that the renowned tech giant is kicking out Twitter from the Apple App Store due to moderation concerns.
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Elon Musk Claims Apple ‘Threatened to Withhold Twitter’ From the App Store
As per the latest news story by The Washington Post, Elon Musk took to Twitter to tell the world that the Cupertino-based tech giant has threatened his social media service to be kicked out from the App Store.
The billionaire entrepreneur claims that the iPhone maker did not provide any explanation for such a move.
On top of that, the big boss of Tesla and SpaceX further revealed that the phone maker has already mostly stopped spending on advertisements on his social media platform. The Washington Post notes in its article that Apple turns out to be one of the largest advertisers of the microblogging service.
The Chief Twit tweets that “Apple has also threatened to withhold Twitter from its Apple Store. He went on to note that the tech giant “won’t tell us why.”
Apple has also threatened to withhold Twitter from its App Store, but won’t tell us why
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 28, 2022
If the iPhone maker actually boots out Twitter, it means that iPhone and iPad users can no longer download its app. Instead, they could access the service using a browser.
Musk Says Apple ‘Mostly Stopped Advertising’ on Twitter
In a separate tweet, the Twitter boss made another claim about the iPhone maker. He claims that Apple has halted some of its advertisements on its social media service.
It seems that Musk is frustrated that one of the top advertisers of Twitter is now cutting down on its spending on the platform.
The Washington Post reports that the giant phone maker spent roughly $48 million on the social network in the first quarter of 2022. In fact, the tech giant is second to none in advertising spending on the service.
Twitter’s Fate on the Apple App Store
According to a recent report by The Verge, the recent remarks of the ultra-rich billionaire follow multiple hints that suggest a possible tension between Twitter and Apple.
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Musk previously took a swipe against the App Store fee. He called the cut for in-app purchases a “hidden 30% tax.” Following that, the App Store chief, Phil Schiller, quit the social network.
However, The Verge notes that the Apple boss, Tim Cook, spoke about Twitter in a recent interview. The CEO says that “they say that they are going to continue to moderate. I’m counting on them to continue to do that.”
Written by Teejay Boris