Musk claims dispute with tech giant over Twitter’s potential removal from app store ‘resolved’

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Twitter CEO Elon Musk announced that he and Apple CEO Tim Cook met Wednesday and claimed to have resolved a dispute over the social media site’s presence on the tech giant’s App Store.

“Good conversation,” Musk posted on Twitter two and a half hours after he tweeted a five-second video showing a pond at Apple’s headquarters. “Among other things, we resolved the misunderstanding about Twitter potentially being removed from the App Store. Tim was clear that Apple never considered doing so.”

Musk claimed Monday that Apple threatened to boot Twitter from the App Store, targeting Cook in a series of tweets, as well as amplifying a claim from LBRY, a content creation site, about censorship. Musk noted that the option of designing a smartphone was on the table if Twitter was removed from the app stores of Apple and Google.

The reported threat from Apple drew criticism from Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida, who said the removal of Twitter from the app store would be an application of “monopolistic power.”

Former Twitter head of trust and safety Yael Roth speculated that Musk’s push for free speech could be derailed by Apple and Google.

“There is one more source of power on the web — one that most people don’t think much about but may be the most significant check on unrestrained speech on the mainstream internet: the app stores operated by Google and Apple,” Roth wrote in a Nov. 18 op-ed for the New York Times.

Apple and Twitter did not immediately respond to requests for comment from the Daily Caller News Foundation.

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