Elon Musk retracts criticism of Apple, saying it’s a ‘misunderstanding’

Twitter CEO Elon Musk backtracked on his comment that Apple wanted to remove his social network from the App Store, calling it a “misunderstanding.”

according to a Video As Musk published on Wednesday afternoon, the billionaire was given a tour of Apple’s headquarters by CEO Tim Cook. Musk thanked the tech mogul for showing him around the “beautiful headquarters.”

in one following tweetMusk said the two had “good conversations” during his visit.

“Among other things, we resolved the misconception that Twitter might be removed from the App Store,” Musk wrote. “Tim was aware that Apple never considered this.”

On Monday, Musk posted that Apple had “mostly stopped” advertising on Twitter. Several other companies have completely removed their ads from the platform since Musk acquired the social media giant last month.

“Do you hate freedom of speech in America?” Musk tweeted and called in Cook a subsequent post“What’s going on here @tim_cook?”

Musk continued to say that Apple “has also threatened to withhold Twitter from its App Store, but won’t tell us why.”

Cook has never publicly acknowledged Musk’s complaints, and it’s unclear if Apple has started withdrawing its advertising from the platform. According to a report by The Washington PostApple was Twitter’s largest advertiser in the first quarter with $48 million in spend, representing more than 4 percent of Twitter’s total quarterly revenue.

Elon Musk withdraws criticism of Apple
This photo shows the Twitter app on Apple’s App Store on November 28, 2022 on an Apple iPhone 13 Pro. Twitter CEO Elon Musk backtracked on tweets he made this week that said Apple had “threatened” to remove the social network from its store.
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Musk’s complaint Monday was backed by several GOP leaders this week, including Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who said Apple removing Twitter from its App Store would warrant a congressional response. forbes reported.

Utah Senator mike lee also used Musk’s claim to vouch for Monday’s Open App Markets Act, bipartisan legislation aimed at increasing competition by giving app developers more power over distributing their apps through Apple’s and Google’s stores . More specifically, the bill restricts the in-app payment systems that Apple and Google have for developers to distribute their apps across their platforms.

Other business leaders have also complained about Apple’s in-app payments, which charge a 30 percent fee on all in-app purchases. According to Reuters, the company said the fees would be “used to protect consumers in areas like fraud and privacy.”

On Wednesday, Spotify CEO Daniel Ek has posted a long series of tweets stating that Apple is acting in “self-interest” and that it “gains itself every advantage while stifling innovation and hurting consumers.” Ek also tagged Musk and several other business leaders in his thread.

Reuters reports that Spotify has filed multiple antitrust complaints against Apple in multiple countries in the past.

“So how much longer will we refrain from this threat to the future of the internet?” Ek wrote in his 21-tweet thread tagging the US Department of Commerce and European Commission accounts. “How many more consumers are denied the choice?”

news week has reached out to Apple for comment.

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Rick Schindler

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