The head of Apple’s App Store has deactivated his Twitter account amid the potential for tension between the Elon Musk-owned platform and the two companies considered to be the main gatekeepers of the internet: Apple and Google.
Phil Schiller, who also leads events for Apple, has been active on Twitter since 2008 and has more than 200,000 followers. DailyMail.com has reached out to Apple for comment on Schiller’s departure.
Twitter still plans to relaunch its paid subscription service, Twitter Blue, at $8 per month on November 29.
Since most people access Twitter on iPhones or Android devices, this means that Apple and Google stand to benefit if Musk’s revamped subscription service takes off.
The head of Apple’s App Store has deactivated his Twitter account amid the potential for tension between the platform owned by Elon Musk (above) and the two companies considered to be the main gatekeepers of the internet: Apple and Google.
If a war of words erupts between Musk and Apple CEO Tim Cook (above), for example, Apple could remove Twitter from the App Store.
Both tech companies take a portion of the subscriptions purchased on their platforms. For Apple it’s 30%, for Google it’s 15%.
The fee amounts to limiting change for Google and Apple, but it could become a problem for Musk — as he relentlessly cuts costs by laying off more than half of the company’s workers.
Just a few days ago, Musk tweeted, “Apparently App Store fees are way too high due to the iOS/Android duopoly” and he previously described it as a “tax on the internet.”
However, the biggest issue clashing between these companies is likely to be content moderation.
In recent weeks, users said they’ve seen a significant increase in racist and anti-Semitic tweets – as well as more scams – on Twitter.
According to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, Twitter has fired several contractors who worked to police the flood of tweets due to misinformation and hate speech under the site. Grammar The executives overseeing this area have either resigned or been laid off.
Just a few days ago, Musk tweeted, “Apparently App Store fees are way too high due to the iOS/Android duopoly,” which he previously described as an “internet tax.”
According to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, Twitter has fired several contractors who worked to police the flood of tweets for misinformation and hate speech under the site’s rules, and executives who oversee that area have resigned or been laid off.
If a war of words erupts between Musk and Apple CEO Tim Cook, for example, Apple could remove Twitter from the App Store.
However, Musk can also direct Twitter users to subscribe to Blue across the web — bypassing Google Play and the Apple App Store entirely.
During a recent interview with CBS Mornings, Cook said the following when asked about Twitter under Musk: “They say they’ll continue to moderate, and so I’m counting on them to do that because I don’t think anyone really wants hate speech on their platform.”
However, Apple has not hesitated to remove apps that violate its content rules.
In the case of Parler, a social app popular with the right, the California-based company removed it in the wake of the riots and insurrection at the US Capitol.
Apple reinstated Parler three months later after the app made its moderation policies stricter and banned some posts for the Apple version.
For its part, Google has removed “harmful” loan apps that originated in Kenya and Nigeria, and recently removed several apps linked to the Iranian regime.
Musk has faced a storm of criticism since taking over the platform, laying off more than half of the 7,000 employees before he bought it.
Musk’s latest “hardline” ultimatum sparked a wave of mass resignations at the turbulent company and led to Musk being trolled by someone across the street from Twitter’s San Francisco headquarters.
One displayed a newsreel-style message calling the Chief Twit “Space Karen,” “Baby of Bankruptcy,” and “Mean Man,” among other insults.
Crowds formed outside the company’s headquarters in Market Street to watch the parade. According to Jia Fang, an NBC Bay Area correspondent, the messages are from someone who calls himself a “projectionist.”
The expected insults also called Musk an “outlaw oligarchy”, “apex parasite”, a “tough hoarder” and an “insecure colonizer”.