Musk garners GOP support after claiming Apple threatened to ban Twitter

Musk garners GOP support after claiming Apple threatened to ban Twitter

Small tech companies have complained for years about Apple’s ironclad control over its App Store, which it uses to keep harmful content out of its iPhones and iPads and to demand a share of app developers’ revenue. Apple and Google, which exercise similar oversight over the major market for Android apps, most famously used that power to oust conservative-friendly social media app Parlor in January 2021, saying the platform was pro-Trump. The violent rhetoric following the rebellion failed to stop. in the US Capitol.

Republican lawmakers said Monday’s unverified allegations from Musk provided new evidence that the time has come for Congress to rein in Apple.

repealed. Ken Buck Colorado and Sen. mike lee Utah’s top Republicans — antitrust panels of the House and Senate Judiciary committees — pushed for action on antitrust legislation that would reduce Apple and Google’s control of their app markets.

“This is why we need to end the App Store monopoly before the end of this year. No one should have this kind of market power. Buck tweeted,

Took likewise pushed for passage Open App Markets Act (S 2710, HR 5017), which Buck co-sponsors and seeks to prevent companies from favoring their App Store over others.

“Apple and Google currently have a stranglehold on companies and have used their leverage to bully,” Sen said. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), who co-sponsors the Senate measure.

That bill and other antitrust measures aimed at tech giants also have strong support from congressional Democrats. But they are on hold for now and face slim odds of passage this Congress, as leadership in both parties remains focused on a year-end spending package.

Any move by Apple to remove Twitter from its store could threaten the viability of Musk’s newly purchased $44 billion social media platform. Musk’s promise of “freedom of expression” on Twitter, as well as the company’s mass layoffs, have raised complaints that the platform is already seeing a rise in the types of hate speech and disinformation that Apple’s policies forbid,

Musk has announced that he plans to issue a “general apology” this week to users who were previously banned by Twitter for violating its rules. He had already restored the accounts of former President Donald Trump, which it booted after the attack on the Capitol and Rep. marjorie taylor green (R-Ga.).

Apart from Parler, both Apple and Google Right-wing social media platform Gab has been blocked in 2017 for violating their policies. Parlor was let back in after both companies agreed to abide by their rules, although Gab remained banned.

Musk reiterated his previous complaints on Monday as well 30 percent fee Apple requires developers of certain apps to pay to participate in the App Store. He too supported the criticisms From the creator of the popular video game Fortnite, who is fighting a federal antitrust lawsuit against Apple over its policies.

Separately, Musk tweeted that Apple should publish all “censorship actionIt has taken action against its customers. He posted an unscientific poll in which over 80 percent of respondents observed that Apple should be more transparent about its takedown policies.

Brendan Bordelon contributed to this report.

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