(Republicaninformer.com)- After rumors began to swirl that Apple might be pulling Twitter from its App Store, owner Elon Musk met with CEO Tim Cook at Apple headquarters on Wednesday.
Musk broke the news of the meeting on Twitter, saying he and Tim Cook had a “good conversation” that had “resolved the misunderstanding” about the rumors that Apple was considering removing Twitter from its App Store.
“Tim was clear that Apple never considered doing so,” Musk tweeted.
The meeting marks a significant de-escalation from earlier in the week when Musk went on a tweet-storm railing against Apple for pulling most of its advertising from Twitter.
On Monday, Musk tweeted that he was willing to “go to war” with Apple after the company allegedly threatened to remove Twitter from its App Store.
During his tweet-storm, Musk called out Cook specifically, demanding to know if Apple hates “free speech in America.” He said Apple won’t explain why it is threatening to remove the Twitter app nor would the tech giant explain why it “has mostly stopped advertising on Twitter.”
Musk also brought up his previous criticism over the fees Apple charges app developers, noting that the company “puts a secret 30% tax on everything you buy through their App Store.”
But apparently, Wednesday’s meeting with Tim Cook provided Musk with the reassurance he needed.
With half of US smartphone users owning iPhones, the removal of the Twitter app from Apple’s App Store would be a significant blow to Musk’s company.
What’s more, if Apple dropped Twitter, it wouldn’t be long before Google followed suit.
This is precisely how Apple and Google brought down the fledgling social media platform Parler.
And while Musk received assurances from Cook, that doesn’t change the reality that Apple and Google having a duopoly is a problem.
During his tweet-storm, Musk made that very point, noting that this duopoly is giving Apple and Google far too much power over the internet.