Twitter new ruler Elon Musk makes so many announcements on the platform it’s hard to keep track. This week only Musk surveyed twitter users over whether he should provide “general amnesty” to blocked accounts and received in public fight over whether the disgraced founder of FTX was Sam Bankman-Fried, owns part of Twitter. On Friday, Musk spoke up again, telling people he could make an alternative phone to counter Apple and Google.
The tech billionaire’s comments were naturally made in response to a tweet addressed to him by a conservative podcaster and former OANN host. Liz Wheeler. Wheeler tweeted Friday afternoon that Musk should make his own phone if Apple and Google decide to remove Twitter from their app stores. The future of Twitter in Apple and the Google app stores has been a hot topic of late, given Musk’s commitment to “freedom of speech” – as long as it does not offend him– and poor content moderation.
“If Apple and Google download Twitter from their app stores, @elonmusk will have to build their own smartphone. Half the country would happily give up biased spying on iPhones and Androids,” Wheeler. said on Friday. “Man builds rockets for Mars, stupid little smartphone should be light, right?”
Three hours later, Musk told Wheeler that he would build his own phone if Twitter was banned from the Apple and Google app stores, the official gateways for iPhone and Android devices around the world. As a nod to Musk, who loves to do polls on Twitter, Wheeler launched her own poll asking people if they would use “TELONfon”.
AT at the time of publication, “Yes” was the leading answer, with 56.2% of the 52,707 votes cast.
“I certainly hope it doesn’t come to that, but, yes, if there is no other choice, I will make an alternative phone.” – Musk. tweeted.
Both Apple and Google have policies that prohibit apps in their stores from containing hate or discriminatory language, bullying, harassment, and sexually explicit content. After the attack on the US Capitol on January 6, Apple and Google kicked Parler from their app stores for its role in helping the rioters. plan an event, although it was allowed back after changes were made. Kanye West officially changed his name to Ye reportedly is negotiating the purchase of Parler.
While Musk has stated his intention to build his own phone if Apple and Google get in his way, it’s important to remember that this man says a lot of things that don’t end up happening. Remember Tesla Semithat three years later than the due date? Or the Cybertruck that turned out to be don’t be bulletproof to a live demo? Hell, the only reason he owns Twitter is because he couldn’t figure out how to get out of the deal.
Apple and Google had not responded to Gizmodo’s requests for comment at the time of publication.