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Elon Musk says if Apple and Google ban Twitter, he will make his smartphone

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Elon Musk, the new CEO of Twitter, is capable of anything. The Tesla CEO may soon introduce a product that competes with iOS and Android. He wouldn’t consider developing his phone, though, until Apple or Google removed his recently bought firm, Twitter, from the app stores. The Google and Apple App Stores may prohibit Twitter due to problems with content control.

If Twitter is removed from the Google or Apple app stores, Musk will undoubtedly develop a new phone, he said to a Twitter user who questioned whether he would do so. Yes, he answered, “I certainly hope it does not come to that, but, yes, if there is no other choice, I will make an alternative phone,”  but he hoped it wouldn’t come to that. Carl Pei, the creator of Nothing, had an interesting response to Musk’s remark. In his response, he stated that he was eager to learn what Musk would do next.

If Musk does not adhere to their rules, it would not be difficult for Apple and Google to remove Twitter from the app stores. The launch of Twitter’s membership plan will take place this week, according to Musk’s most recent announcement. Musk intends to charge $8 for the plan, which grants users access to exclusive features and a checkmark next to their names. Twitter’s revenue will likely increase if the rollout is successful, but it wouldn’t be the only business to prosper. The paid subscription model announced by Twitter will also help Apple and Google.

Recall that both Apple and Google charge a fee for subscriptions bought through their platforms. For the subscription-based programmes, both IT behemoths charge the developers 15%. A 15% price cut was made to the original 30% pricing. Elon Musk has consistently lambasted Apple and Google for charging the commission, even though the other developers are forced to pay it. He claimed that they are “10 times more” than they ought to be and referred to it as a “tax on the internet.”

According to renowned tech analyst Mark Gurman, if Musk tries to go around Apple and Google’s payment system, they might kick Twitter out of the stores. Content moderation is another reason why the two tech behemoths can shut down the microblogging platform.