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Elon Musk will make his own smartphone if Apple bans Twitter

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Elon Musk said Saturday that he may launch his own smartphone if Apple and Google decide to ban Twitter from their app stores. With Twitter reportedly facing scrutiny from Apple and Google’s app stores, there have been fears that the microblogging platform could be removed from their app stores.

The idea of ​​the Elon Musk-led company building a smartphone has intrigued many for years, so much so that some YouTube channels continue to peddle the supposed release of products like Tesla Pi phone which is believed to be ready to compete with Apple’s iPhone and other smartphones. (It may sound crazy, but these videos still get views today).

But while such videos have become a common joke among those who closely follow Elon Musk and his projects, recent comments from the CEO of Tesla suggest that the smartphone from the Musk-led company may not be too far-fetched after all.

Musk has been mired in controversy since completing his acquisition of social media platform Twitter. Among his recent controversial moves was a poll asking the platform’s users whether it would be a good idea to offer a blanket amnesty to suspended accounts.

Podcaster Liz Wheeler first proposed the idea to Musk via Twitter: “If Apple and Google download Twitter from their app stores, Elon Musk should make his own smartphone. Half the country would gladly give up the biased, snooping iPhone and Android. Man is building rockets to Mars, the stupid little smartphone should be light, right?”

Musk replied, “I certainly hope it doesn’t come to that, but yes, if there’s no other choice, I’ll make an alternate phone.”

In a recent op-ed in the New York Times, Twitter’s former head of trust and security, Joel Rothwrote about concerns about Twitter’s future in app stores. “Twitter will have to balance the goals of its new owner with the practical realities of life on the Internet of Apple and Google. . . . And when I left the company, the calls from app review teams had already begun.”

While neither Apple nor Google have officially announced or indicated plans to ban Twitter, both companies have policies that prevent hate speech, discrimination and harassment. Both companies at one time banned Parler, a right-wing alternative to Twitter, although Apple allowed it back into its app store in April 2021 and Google reinstated the program this September after making improvements to its moderation policy.

Musk has previously stated that he will not renew Twitter accounts without creating one “content moderation board with diverse perspectives” but he quickly backtracked, reactivating Trump’s account after conducting a Twitter poll. The company also endured a wave of impersonations and fake news after Musk decided to turn Twitter’s blue checkmark, originally a way to verify a user’s identity, into something that can be bought for $8 a month (the company is currently redesigning the system and re-launching expected on Friday).

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