from Twitter new leader Elon Musk makes so many claims on the platform that it’s hard to keep up. This week only, Musk Twitter users surveyed whether he should provide “general amnesty” to suspended accounts and got in public brawl whether the disgraced founder of FTX, Sam Bankman Fried, owns part of Twitter. On Friday, Musk was back, telling people he could make an alternative phone to take on Apple and Google.
The tech billionaire’s comments were made, naturally, in response to a tweet directed at him by a conservative podcaster and former OANN host Liz Wheeler. On Friday afternoon, Wheeler tweeted that Musk would have to make his own phone if Apple and Google decided to remove Twitter from their app stores. The future of Twitter in Apple and Google’s app stores has been a hot topic lately, given Musk’s commitment to “free speech” – as long as he don’t offend him— and lax moderation of content.
“If Apple and Google start Twitter from their app stores, @elonmusk should produce their own smartphone. Half the country would be happy to ditch the biased, nosy iPhone and Android,” Wheeler said. said Friday. “Man builds rockets to Mars, stupid little smartphone should be easy, right?”
Three hours later, Musk told Wheeler he would build his own phone if Twitter was banned from Apple and Google’s app stores, the official gateways to iPhone and Android devices around the world. In what could have been a tribute to Musk, who loves to quiz people on Twitter, Wheeler had launched his own poll asking people if they would use a “telephone.”
To at the time of publication, “Yes” was the top answer, with 56.2% of the 52,707 votes cast.
“I sure hope it doesn’t come to that, but, yeah, if there’s no other choice, I’ll make another phone,” Musk said. tweeted.
Both Apple and Google have policies that prohibit apps on its stores from containing hateful or discriminatory language, bullying, harassment and sexually explicit content. In the aftermath of the Jan. 6 attack on the US Capitol, Apple and Google kicked Talk out of their app stores for its role in aiding rioters plan the event, although he was allowed to return after making changes. Kanye West, who legally changed his name to Ye, is would have in talks to buy Parler.
While Musk has stated his intention to build his own phone if Apple and Google cross paths with him, it’s important to remember that this man is saying a lot of things that don’t end up happening. Remember the Tesla Semi, which is three years past the deadline? Or the Cybertruck, which turned out not be bulletproof in a live demo? Heck, the only reason he owns Twitter is because he couldn’t find a way to get off the case.
Apple and Google did not respond to requests for comment from Gizmodo at the time of publication.