I reported the other day about the fight brewing between Elon Musk and Apple. The new Twitter CEO tweeted several times from his account that Apple stopped advertising on Twitter completely without giving a reason. And he tweeted Apple was against free speech. Finally, Elon Musk floated the idea that Apple may remove the Twitter app from the App Store. This caused many individuals to rise up against Apple on Twitter and other places online. Some Apple fans said they would switch over to Android if Apple removed the Twitter app. Well, it appears this is all to do about nothing as Elon Musk and Tim Cook met recently at the Apple headquarters to resolve all these issues.
Elon Musk And Tim Cook Meet And Squash The Rumors
Elon Musk tweeted this yesterday:
Then Elon added to the thread: “Good conversation. Among other things, we resolved the misunderstanding about Twitter potentially being removed from the App Store. Tim was clear that Apple never considered doing so.”
So this got people asking the following question: Where did the CEO get the idea that Apple wanted to remove the Twitter app? I agree this was a misunderstanding but on Elon Musk part, not Apple. It appears there was no indication from Apple the company was going to remove the Twitter app from the App Store. However, there are many individuals on Twitter assuming this would happen because Elon Musk is bringing back many banned accounts and allowing more types of discussions on the platform. So was he influenced by those individuals? I think so. Elon Musk is the type of individuals who listens to many types of people who tweet at him ideas that fit into his viewpoint. Thus, the right type of people can influence the CEO to say things or take actions without doing additional research.
And I think that’s the reason why Apple decided to invite Elon Musk to the headquarters. Tim Cook wanted to resolve their differences with actual facts. And the best way to do so was with a face-to-face meeting. This was the right move because it’s difficult to hash everything out in 280 characters. Plus, having a long Twitter thread isn’t the proper medium for two CEOs to discuss important topics like advertising and/or app removals.