Elon Musk is making smartphones when… Twitter’s new boss has another fight

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Elon Musk said he would make smartphones if Apple and Google removed Twitter from their app stores. The billionaire made the comments in response to a Twitter post in which he suggested that the Tesla and SpaceX co-founder should make smartphones if the social media platform were banned from Apple and Google’s app stores.

“If Apple & Google boot Twitter from their app stores, @elonmusk should produce his own smartphone. Half the country would like to get rid of the biased, snoopy iPhone and Android. Man building rockets to Mars, stupid little smartphone should be easy right?” Twitter user Liz Wheeler wrote, to which Musk replied, “I sure hope it doesn’t come to that, but yes, if there’s no other choice Choice, I will choose an alternative phone”.

The call follows speculation in American media that Twitter may be facing the fallout from some of the recent changes made by the company’s new management to boost revenue through subscriptions and the lifting of “free speech” restrictions.

Those changes, which include restoring previously suspended accounts like those of Donald Trump, Jordan Peterson, Andrew Tate and Kanye West to encourage “freedom of expression,” may violate the policies of Google Play and Apple’s App Store, according to a CNN -Report.

App store fees from Google and Apple are another nuisance Musk says is hampering the growth of companies like Twitter

The new Twitter boss in a previous post slammed the tech giants for levying a “hidden 30 percent internet tax,” the app store fees that Apple and Google charge companies like Twitter.

“App store fees are obviously too high due to the iOS/Android duopoly,” Musk previously tweeted. “It’s a hidden 30 percent tax on the internet,” he added. He then tagged the US Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division, which is reportedly investigating the app store’s rules.

Apple and Google charge 15-30% for in-app purchases, a fee that threatens Twitter Blue’s $8 monthly subscription fee revenue.

Twitter generated $5.01 billion in revenue in 2021, much of which came from advertisers. Musk wants to move from an ad-based model to a subscription-based revenue stream for the company. If this bears fruit, Twitter will end up paying hundreds of millions of dollars in royalties to Apple and Google.

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