Head of Twitter Elon Musk says it would consider making an “alternative phone” in case Twitter is removed from the Apple App Store and Google Play.
Musk made the comments Friday night in response to conservative commentator Liz Wheeler, who tweeted, “If Apple and Google start Twitter from their app stores, @elonmusk should produce their own smartphone. Android. Man builds rockets to Mars, stupid little smartphone should be easy, right?
“I sure hope it doesn’t come to that,” Musk replied, “but, yeah, if there’s no other choice, I’ll make another phone.”
Musk’s comments come after Phil Schiller, an Apple colleague responsible for running the App Store, deleted his Twitter account.
Yoel Roth, former head of trust and safety at Twitter, said in a New York Times op-ed that the social media giant faces expulsion from Apple and Google’s app stores if it doesn’t. did not follow the guidelines.
” Disrespect at Apple and Google’s guidelines would be catastrophic, risking Twitter’s expulsion from their app stores and making it harder for billions of potential users to obtain Twitter’s services. This gives Apple and Google tremendous power to shape decisions made by Twitter,” Roth said.
Roth said that upon leaving Twitter, “the app review team calls had already begun.”
Musk tweeted out a poll on Wednesday, asking Twitter users if the company should “offer a blanket amnesty to suspended accounts, provided they haven’t broken the law or engaged in egregious spamming?”
72% of those polled voted yes, and Musk later tweeted that “amnesty starts next week.”