Thursday, Dec 01, 2022, 16:33 Economy

Apple Twitter Ban Unlikely But EU Ban Possible – Is The EU Banning Twitter & Will Apple Ban Twitter?

Just a short while ago, Elon Musk, now CEO of Twitter, explained that his new company and social media platform was facing some potential adversity in the iOS App Store: Musk alleged that Apple might even go so far as to remove the application. Furthermore, Musk went so far as to suggest that the Cupertino-based company hates "freedom of speech" in the US. As is usually the case with Elon Musk, this rash and excessive reaction was later adjusted to a more reasonable tone. After a meeting with Tim Cook in Apple Park, the two settled the misunderstandings – clearing the air. However, the trouble's not over for Musk – the European Union is not satisfied with the current status quo of the microblogging service.

Elon Musk Talks About "Good Conversation" With Tim Cook
For quite a while, Elon Musk had always answered the question as to whether or not Twitter was facing the threat of potential removal from the App Store with a resounding "yes". Now, he has met with Apple CEO Tim Cook at the US company's headquarters – which managed to impress Musk, as per a short video of his posted on Twitter. The Apple CEO made it clear that the company had never considered such a measure. However, Musk did not comment on Cupertino's withdrawal of its advertising operations on Twitter: It's equally unknown whether or not this was even ever discussed.

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EU Warns Twitter
A Twitter ban is still possible, however, particularly in the EU: The commissioner for Internal Market of the European Union, Thierry Breton, is not ruling out any drastic measures – should the platform fail to "decisively" moderate against disinformation. The social network still has a great deal of work ahead of it, according to the politician, to satisfy the Digital Service Act's guidelines – which impose a complex system of rules for large platforms such as Twitter. When companies are found in violation, fines can come in billions. In April of this year, Musk already declared his intentions to Breton and that he would agree to the EU's conditions.

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