Elon Musk claims that Apple “threatened to ban access” to Twitter on its App Store. Definitely a problem with failed moderation on the platform.
Elon Musk took aim at Apple’s App Store rules, while the Cupertino-based company “threatened to drop” Twitter from its store. According to the billionaire, the apple brand “does not say why” he has problems with Twitter, but the threats are very real.
Elon Musk says Apple ‘threatened’ to shut down Twitter on its App Store
In other tweets, Elon Musk protests the 30 percent commission for in-app purchases and claims that the App Store owner is censoring other developers. He also claims that Apple “virtually stopped advertising on Twitter.” The American giant would not be the only major advertiser to do so in recent weeks.
In any case, this is not the first time that Apple has complained about Twitter. Former Twitter trust and security manager Yoel Roth said that Apple App Store analysts often identified content on Twitter during the analysis process. “When I was on Twitter, store representatives often brought up their concerns about the content available on our platform,” he wrote, adding that analysts raised insults or nudity on the service. “Even though all of this is mostly exacerbated by manual checks and other anecdotes, these procedures can derail a company’s plans and provoke all sorts of crises for weeks or months.”
Definitely a problem with failed moderation on the platform
Elon Musk did not say whether Apple is currently blocking new updates to the service or threatening to remove the app from its store. However, a number of recent issues may have really caused Twitter’s scrutiny of Apple.
This Sunday, The Guardian reported that Twitter was unable to remove the video of the 2019 attack on a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand. Members of the government had to report its existence to the platform. The activity of some activists after the reactivation of public accounts also raised serious concerns. Especially since the new CEO has said he wants to offer an “amnesty” to blocked accounts.
Apple has very strict policies regarding content that can appear in apps listed on its store. Speak, a Twitter competitor emphasizing “freedom of speech”, was removed from the App Store for several months due to lack of moderation (it was re-authorized after the introduction of an AI-driven moderation system). In 2018, Tumblr banned adult content from its platform after it was temporarily removed from the App Store.
Apple also threatened to remove Twitter from its App Store, but didn’t tell us why.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 28, 2022