Before the changes of Elon Musk on Twitter Many of the tech giants were concerned, including Apple and Google. Could they get to ban the little bird network on their smartphones? The tycoon has a plan if this happens: make his own mobile phone.
Everything arises from some statements by an expert in cyberlaw at Harvard, Alejandra Caraballo. In The Washington Post, the lawyer pointed out that Apple and Google should begin to consider “seriously” the possibility of expelling Twitter from the App Store and Google Play.
Caraballo points out that Twitter’s new policies, including the general amnesty for accounts that had been suspended, make the social network dangerous due to hate speech and harassment.
“What Musk is doing is existentially dangerous for several marginalized communities. It’s like opening the gates of hell in terms of the havoc it will wreak,” Caraballo said.
“Individuals who engaged in direct targeted harassment they can come back and engage in doxing, targeted bullying, vicious intimidation, calls for violence, celebration of violence. I can’t even begin to tell how dangerous this is going to be.”
Musk’s response came, of course, through a tweet.
I certainly hope it does not come to that, but, yes, if there is no other choice, I will make an alternative phone
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 25, 2022
“Of course I hope it doesn’t come to that, but yes, if there is no other option, I will make an alternative phone,” said the billionaire.
Apple and Google’s discomfort with Elon Musk’s decisions
Beyond Caraballo’s statements, the discomfort in the technology giants Apple and Google in the face of Elon Musk’s new measures on Twitter exists.
Business Insider stresses that the guiding principle behind Apple’s guidelines is security: “When people install an app from the App Store, They want to feel reassured that it’s safe to do so, that the app doesn’t contain annoying or offensive content.” indicates the first rule of Apple’s guidelines.
Google abides by similar rules.
But beyond security reasons, others could be added.
Phil Schiller, Apple’s marketing executive in charge of the App Store, recently deleted his Twitter account. This occurred when Elon Musk complained online that the Cupertino company’s fees are “a hidden 30% Internet tax.”
The chaos on Twitter since the arrival of Elon Musk
Musk bought Twitter for the record figure of 44 billion dollars, after several months of comings and goings. After reaching the leadership, he fired the executives who were already almost half of the company’s staff.
Among the first changes he made, two stand out: the new verification policy, which eliminates the granting of the blue badge for authenticity, substituting it for the payment of eight dollars a month for all, and the general amnesty for suspended accounts.
The first was criticized for several cases of impersonation: now anyone can impersonate another, deceiving the public with the blue badge.
And the second, due to the reopening of doors for accounts that had been suspended for using hate speech.