Tech entrepreneur Elon Musk has confirmed that he met face-to-face with Apple CEO Tim Cook to discuss reports that Twitter may be removed from the App Store.
After discussing the issue with Cook, Musk said the matter is now “resolved” and Twitter will not be banned by Apple.
Musk said he had a “good conversation” with Cook regarding the “misunderstanding about Twitter potentially being removed from the App Store.”
The two Big Tech leaders met Wednesday at Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino, California.
Musk shared a video on Twitter with the caption: “Thanks @tim_cook for taking me around Apple’s beautiful HQ.”
“Good conversation,” Musk added.
“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.”
Good conversation. 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.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 30, 2022
The meeting came after Musk signaled Monday that he was willing to “go to war” with Apple.
Musk was responding to Apple largely stopping its advertising on Twitter.
Apple had also allegedly threatened to boot the social media platform from its App Store.
“Apple has mostly stopped advertising on Twitter,” Musk said.
“Do they hate free speech in America?
“What’s going on here @tim_cook?”
“Apple has also threatened to withhold Twitter from its App Store, but won’t tell us why,” Musk added.
Musk then posted a poll, which he has used in the past to make decisions about what he will do at the company.
The poll asked for a yes or no on the statement, “Apple should publish all censorship actions it has taken that affect its customers.”
Musk highlighted an account that claimed to have been silenced by Apple and asked, “Who else has Apple censored?”
Musk also renewed his criticisms of the fees that Apple charges app developers.
“Did you know Apple puts a secret 30% tax on everything you buy through their App Store?” he tweeted.
Democrat lawmakers, “woke” celebrities, and left-wing activist groups have been pressuring Twitter’s advertisers to cease their relationship with the social media company to protest Musk’s free speech agenda.
Several organizations endorsed a letter to the executives of major advertisers, claiming that “extremists” consider the takeover “a new opportunity to post the most abusive, harassing, and racist language and imagery,” including “clear threats of violence against people with whom they disagree.”
Musk initially told advertisers that he acquired Twitter to “have a common digital town square, where a wide range of beliefs can be debated in a healthy manner, without resorting to violence.”
He vowed that the social media platform would not become a “free-for-all hellscape” where users could breach the law with impunity.
Musk has remarked that widespread coverage of the acquisition and his subsequent attempts to reform the company, including negative reports from legacy outlets, has contributed to usage reaching record levels.
Several advertisers paused campaigns on the platform two months ago after a report showed that child sexual abuse material had appeared alongside major advertisers’ profiles.