from Twitter new ruler Elon Musk makes so many statements on the platform it’s hard to keep track. This week alone, Musk surveyed Twitter users about whether he should provide “general amnesty” to suspended accounts and got in a public struggle on whether the disgraced founder of FTX, Sam Bankman Fried, owns part of Twitter. On Friday, Musk was at it again, telling people he might make an alternative phone to take on Apple and Google.
The tech billionaire’s comments were, of course, made in response to a tweet directed at him by conservative podcaster and former OANN host Lisa Wheeler. On Friday afternoon, Wheeler tweeted that Musk should make his own phone if Apple and Google decide to kick Twitter out of their app stores. The future of Twitter in Apple’s and Google’s app stores has been a hot topic lately, given Musk’s commitment to “freedom of speech” — as long as it does not offend him— and lax content moderation.
“If Apple and Google launch Twitter from their app stores, @elonmusk should make its own smartphone. Half the country would like to ditch the biased, snooping iPhone and Android,” said Wheeler said on Friday. “The man builds rockets to Mars. A silly little smartphone should be easy, right?”
Three hours later, Musk told Wheeler he would build his own phone if Twitter were banned from Apple’s and Google’s app stores, the official gateways to iPhone and Android devices around the world. In what could have been a tribute to Musk, who likes to poll people on Twitter, Wheeler herself started a poll asking people if they “TELON phone.”
Bee at the time of publication, “Yes” was the top response, receiving 56.2% of the 52,707 votes cast.
“I certainly hope it doesn’t come to that, but yes, if there’s no other way, I’ll make an alternative phone,” Musk said. tweeted.
Both Apple and Google have policies that prohibit apps in its stores from containing hateful or discriminatory language, harassment, harassment, and sexually explicit content. In the aftermath of the January 6th Capitol bombing, Apple and Google kicked Parler out of their app stores for his role in helping rioters schedule the event, although it was allowed back after making changes. Kanye West, who legally changed his name to Ye, did Reportedly in talks to buy Parler.
While Musk has stated that he plans to build his own phone if Apple and Google cross paths with him, it’s important to remember that this guy says a lot of things that ultimately don’t happen. Remember the Tesla semi, which is three years after the deadline? Or the Cybertruck, as it turned out not be bulletproof during a live demonstration? Heck, the only reason he owns Twitter is because he couldn’t figure out a way to get out of the deal.
Apple and Google have not responded to Gizmodo’s requests for comment at time of publication.