Elon Musk says he’d consider ‘alternative phone’ if Twitter launched from Apple and Google app stores

Twitter chief Elon Musk says he would consider creating an “alternate phone” in the event that Twitter is removed from the Apple App Store and Google Play.

Musk made the comments Friday night in response to conservative commentator Liz Wheeler, who tweeted, “If Apple and Google launch Twitter from their app stores, @elonmusk would have to produce its own smartphone. Half the country would love the biased, snooping iPhone & Android. The man builds rockets to Mars, a silly little smartphone should be easy, right?”

“I certainly hope it doesn’t come to that,” Musk replied, “but yes, if there’s no other way, I’ll make an alternative phone.”

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Musk’s comments come after Phil Schiller, an Apple fellow responsible for running the App Store, deleted his Twitter account.

In this photo illustration, the image of Elon Musk is displayed on a computer screen and the Twitter logo on a mobile phone in Ankara, Turkiye on October 6, 2022. (Muhammed Selim Korkutata / Anadolu Agency / Getty Images)

Yoel Roth, former head of trust and security at Twitter, said in a New York Times op-ed that the social media giant risks being kicked out of Apple’s and Google’s app stores if they don’t follow the guidelines.

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Elon Musk's Twitter profile

Elon Musk’s Twitter profile can be seen on a smartphone superimposed on printed Twitter logos in this image taken on April 28, 2022. (Reuters/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo / Reuters Photos)

“Failure to follow Apple and Google guidelines would be catastrophic, risking Twitter being removed from their app stores and making it more difficult for billions of potential users to get Twitter’s services. This gives Apple and Google a tremendous power to shape the decisions Twitter makes.” Roth said.

Roth said when he left Twitter, “the calls from the app review teams had already started.”

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Twitter headquarters

Twitter Headquarters is on display in San Francisco, California, United States on November 22, 2022. (Photo by Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images / Getty Images)

Musk tweeted a poll on Wednesday asking Twitter users whether the company should offer “general amnesty to suspended accounts, provided they haven’t broken the law or engaged in gross spam?”

72% of respondents voted yes, and Musk went on to tweet that “Amnesty begins next week.”

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