Elon Musk buries the hatchet with Apple

The tempestuous entrepreneur, who on Monday accused Tim Cook of wanting to remove Twitter from its App Store, said on Wednesday that the “misunderstanding” had been resolved.

After having “declared war” to Apple and accused the apple brand of all evil, Elon Musk assured on Wednesday, November 30 that “misunderstanding” was solved. Twitter’s new owner thanked Apple boss Tim Cook for showing him around “very nice seat” of the group in Silicon Valley. “Good talk. Among other things, we resolved the misunderstanding about the possibility of Twitter being removed from the App Store. Tim made it clear that Apple never considered doing this.”summed up Elon Musk in another tweet.

On Monday, the stormy entrepreneur claimed that Apple “threatened” to remove Twitter from its App Store, and “rejected” of “say why”, following a series of bellicose tweets accusing the iPhone maker of “censoring” and abusing its dominant market position. The billionaire’s outburst came when the relaunch of his flagship project, “Blue Verified”, scheduled for Friday, was postponed, according to the specialized newsletter The platformer.

Blue Verified, the new subscription to Twitter for eight dollars a month, mixes an existing paid formula (to take advantage of practical advantages) and authentication of accounts, until now free and reserved for personalities and organizations. Its initial rollout on Nov. 9 resulted in a rash of fake accounts impersonating athletes, businesses and Elon Musk himself, among others. He was suspended after two days.

Elon Musk ‘definitely needs the money’

But even if it is well implemented, 30% of the amount will actually go to Apple and Google, who control the two primary mobile operating systems, iOS and Android. All mobile applications that want to be present on smartphones must respect the very similar rules of the two American companies, from content moderation to paying a 15% to 30% commission on all user spending. On iPhones, the Apple App Store is essential.

Elon Musk has accused Tim Cook’s group of “secretly suppress free speech” and apply one “30% secret tax”. But he “definitely need the money” and he “freaking out because he won’t pay Apple”, says independent analyst Rob Enderle. The entrepreneur is not the first to rise against “Apple treasure”as its many critics call it.

The head of Spotify thus stepped up to the plate on Wednesday on Twitter and again accused Apple of “giving each other all the benefits while harming innovation and consumers”.


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