Musk will create ‘alternative phone’ if Apple, Google remove Twitter from App stores

Elon Musk just declared that he will create an “alternative phone” if Apple and Google remove Twitter from their app stores. 

This comes amid the continuing backlash from the political left following Musk’s takeover of Twitter.

What’s going on?

That backlash has seen the departure of countless leftists, including advertisers, from the platform.

The leftists are leaving in protest of the changes that Musk has made to the platform, including the elimination of its woke agenda and the restoration of free speech, which has resulted in the unbanning of such accounts as that of former President Donald Trump.

Some advertisers, presumably, have left for these same reasons. Others, however, have done so due to concerns that continuing to advertise on Twitter might harm their brand.

“Twitter’s expulsion”

Recently, Yoel Roth, the former head of trust and safety at Twitter, published an op-ed in the New York Times, in which he argued that there is a scenario in which Twitter could be expelled from both Apple’s and Google’s app stores.

That scenario is Twitter failing to adhere to the guidelines set forth by Apple and Google.

“Failure to adhere to Apple’s and Google’s guidelines would be catastrophic, risking Twitter’s expulsion from their app stores and making it more difficult for billions of potential users to get Twitter’s services,” Roth wrote.

Here, it is worth noting that among those who have left Twitter following Musk’s takeover is Phil Schiller, the senior Apple executive who runs Apple’s App Store.

It was following Roth’s article, though, that conservative commentator Liz Wheeler offered a suggestion to Musk.

“A silly little smartphone should be easy”

Here’s what Wheeler tweeted:

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?

Wheeler followed this up with a poll asking Twitter users, “Would you switch to a tELONphone? Vote yes or no with your best pun for a name below.” The vote was 51.2% to 48.8% in favor.

Musk, apparently, also likes the idea. He responded to Wheeler’s tweet with a tweet of his own, writing, “I certainly hope it does not come to that, but, yes, if there is no other choice, I will make an alternative phone.”

Musk is making it clear that, despite the massive backlash he has faced, and despite the attempts to outcast him, he has no intention of caving to the left’s woke agenda.