On Monday, Twitter owner Elon Musk publicly criticized Apple for suspending some ads on the social media platform, asking if the tech company’s executives hate free speech.
“Apple has pretty much stopped advertising on Twitter,” Musk said announced.
“Do they hate free speech in America?”
In a second tweet, Musk named Apple CEO Tim Cook, writing: “What’s going on here @tim_cook?”
The CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, which acquired Twitter in a $44 billion deal last month, called himself an “absolute free speech fanatic” and vowed to defend it by using his ownership of the platform.
Racist language and misinformation have reportedly increased on Twitter since its acquisition by Musk and left-wing watchdog Media Matters for America found that 50 of the top 100 Twitter advertisers seems to have stopped working with the site.
According to the analysis, these 50 companies will spend $750 million on Twitter during 2022.
musk claimed that Apple “has also threatened to shut down Twitter on its App Store, but won’t tell us why.”
Hill has reached out to Apple for comment on the alleged threats.
Musk posted a series of tweets criticizing Apple for its “monopoly” on technology products and censorship of certain languages.
Content sharing and publishing platform LBRY posted on its official Twitter account that “Apple may make good products, but they have been opposing freedom of speech for some time.”
“During Covid, Apple required our apps to filter out certain search terms so they wouldn’t come back. If we didn’t filter the terms, our apps wouldn’t be allowed in the store,” the account wrote in response to Musk’s question about Apple and freedom of speech.
“Who else has Apple censored?” Musk answered.