Elon Musk: I’ll invent ‘alternative’ smartphone if Apple bans Twitter

In a tweet this Friday, Elon Musk said that if Apple bans the Twitter app, he’ll create his own smartphone.

Musk wrote that he’ll “make an alternative phone” to compete with Apple’s iPhone if the tech giant bans Twitter from its App Store. As Business Insider points out, Apple has lengthy guidelines for apps in order for them to remain available in the App Store, primarily focusing on “safety.”

“When people install an app from the App Store, they want to feel confident that it’s safe to do so — that the app doesn’t contain upsetting or offensive content,” the first rule of the guidelines reads.

From Business Insider:

In a potentially bad sign for Twitter, Phil Schiller, a longtime Apple marketing executive who leads its App Store, last week deleted his Twitter account. Schiller’s move came after Musk complained on Twitter about Apple’s fees, saying they’re effectively “a hidden 30% tax on the internet.”

Musk did not deny on Friday the possibility that his changes to Twitter could get it kicked out of the App Store, but allowed, “I certainly hope it does not come to that.”

Read the full report over at Business Insider

Sky Palma

Before launching DeadState back in 2012, Sky Palma has been blogging about politics, social issues and religion for over a decade. He lives in Los Angeles and also enjoys Brazilian jiu jitsu, chess, music and art.