Twitter's new owner Elon Musk is criticising Apple's App Store policies and tax rules. Tesla CEO Elon Musk accused Apple of blocking Twitter from the App Store without explaining why, and he added that Apple has also stopped advertising on the social media platform. Musk claims that Apple was putting pressure on Twitter regarding content moderation requirements. Following his tweets, many of Musk's fans and followers launched a campaign on Twitter in support of "free speech."
Although it is unclear why Apple is allegedly threatening to "remove" Twitter from the App Store, tweets and Musk's comments suggest that it may be related to the social media platform's new moderation policy to protect "free speech." Although Apple has yet to confirm these claims, this is not the first time the iPhone maker has threatened to remove an app from its App Store. For example, following the riots at the US Capitol Building early last year, it removed Parler, a Twitter alternative, from its App Store. After Parler updated its content and moderation practises, the app was restored in May 2021. Lbry makes similar claims, claiming that Apple asked the company to "filter some search terms." The company said, "Apple may make good products, but they have been opposed to free speech for some time."