Musk ‘resolved misunderstanding’ with Tim Cook about Twitter’s iOS app
Elon Musk isn’t going to war with Apple after all. The new Twitter CEO has cleared the air with Apple’s Tim Cook about Twitter’s position in the App Store.
On Wednesday, Musk tweeted that the misunderstanding about Twitter potentially being removed from the App Store was resolved following a meeting with the iPhone maker’s Chief Executive Tim Cook.
‘Tim was clear that Apple never considered doing so,’ the billionaire CEO of Twitter and Tesla said in a tweet.
In the tweet, Musk said that Cook showed him around Apple’s ‘beautiful HQ’ and posted a video from the tech giant’s Cupertino office.
‘Good conversation. Among other things, we resolved the misunderstanding about Twitter potentially being removed from the App Store,’
On Monday, Musk had accused Apple of threatening to block Twitter from its app store without saying why in a series of tweets that also said it had stopped advertising on the social media platform.
‘Apple has mostly stopped advertising on Twitter. Do they hate free speech in America?,’ Musk, who took Twitter private for $44 billion last month, said in a tweet.
Among the list of grievances tweeted by Musk was the up to 30% fee Apple charges software developers for in-app purchases, with Musk posting a meme suggesting he was willing to ‘go to war’ with Apple rather than paying the commission.
The fee has drawn criticism and lawsuits from companies such as Epic Games, the maker of ‘Fortnite’, while attracting the scrutiny of regulators globally.
The commission could weigh on Musk’s attempts to boost subscription revenue at Twitter, in part to make up for the exodus of advertisers over content moderation concerns.
He later tagged Apple Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook’s Twitter account in another tweet, asking ‘what’s going on here?’
While Apple did not reply to Musk publicly, Cook seems to have invited the world’s richest man to resolve matters in private.
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