Elon Musk threatened to release his smartphone if Google and Apple removed Twitter from their app stores.
Musk said he hopes it doesn’t come to that but will make that choice if it does in a tweet in response to conservative podcaster Liz Wheeler.
I certainly hope it does not come to that, but, yes, if there is no other choice, I will make an alternative phone— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 25, 2022
He said, “if there is no other option, I will make an alternative phone,” though he hoped it wouldn’t come to that.
The concept was first proposed by Wheeler, who claimed that half of the nation would “happily ditch the biased, snooping iPhone and Android.”
If Apple & Google boot Twitter from their app stores, @elonmusk should produce his own smartphone. Half the country would happily ditch the biased, snooping iPhone & Android. The man builds rockets to Mars, a silly little smartphone should be easy, right?— Liz Wheeler (@Liz_Wheeler) November 25, 2022
“The man constructs Mars-bound rockets. It should be simple to use a silly little smartphone, right?” she tweeted.
Musk, who has referred to himself as an “absolutist” for free speech, has publicly opposed Twitter account bans that last indefinitely and recently lifted the bans on the handles of former President Trump and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.).
Since Musk’s purchase agreement with Twitter was finalized last month, many advertisers have abandoned the platform. Musk, as a result, reduced the workforce by nearly 50%, claiming that the business was losing money.
Since the Tesla CEO took over, questions have also been raised about the platform’s lack of content moderation and the reassignment of banned users.
After Musk’s acquisition, a wave of racist and antisemitic posts swept the platform.
The billionaire also introduced a paid subscription for verification. The blue check mark next to a user’s Twitter handle would cost money each month. However, issues arose when many users pretended to be well-known individuals on the platform. As a result, the program was terminated.
On Wednesday, Musk published a poll on Twitter asking users if they thought the social media site should grant resumption to suspended accounts as long as they had not broken the law or sent “egregious spam.”
He reinstated Trump’s account last week after a slim majority of users responded positively to the suspension of the former president being lifted in a different poll.