Alarmed at Apple and Google
app store teams reviewing
Twitter under him, Twitter CEO
Elon Musk on Saturday said
that he will produce
“alternative” smartphones to
compete with Apple and
San Francisco: Alarmed at Apple and
Google app store teams reviewing Twitter
under him, Twitter CEO Elon Musk on
Saturday said that he will produce
“alternative” smartphones to compete with
Apple and Android devices.
Twitter is now facing a close scrutiny by
both Apple and Google app stores and
Musk is worried that the micro-blogging
platform can get removed from the app
stores. It all started when a user tweeted, “If Apple & Google boot Twitter from their app stores, @elonmusk should produce his own smartphone. Half the country would happily ditch the biased, snooping iPhone
& Android. The man builds rockets to
Mars, a silly little smartphone should be
Musk replied: “I certainly hope it does not
come to that, but, yes, if there is no other
choice, I will make an alternative phone.”
Several users expressed their thoughts on
While one commented, “I bet he will
revolutionise the smartphones,” another said, “I feel somehow like this plan is
already in the works.”
Last week, Yoel Roth, who quit Twitter as
Head of Trust and Safety, said as Musk
perpetuates lack of legitimacy through his
impulsive changes and tweet-length pronouncements about platform rules, Twitter is now facing a close scrutiny by both Apple and Google app stores.
In a New York Times article amid the
#RIPTwitter trending on social media, Roth said that “Twitter will have to balance its new owner’s goals against the practical realities of life on Apple and Google’s internet, no easy task for the employees who have chosen to remain”.
“And as I departed the company, the calls
from the app review teams had already
begun,” Roth wrote.
The instances of racial slurs on Twitter
have increased since Musk bought the influential platform, despite assurances from the platform that it has reduced hate activity.
Roth said that “the moderating influences of advertisers, regulators and – most critically of all – app stores may be welcome for those of us hoping to avoid an escalation in the volume of dangerous speech online”.