(trendingpolitics) – In a tweet on Friday afternoon, Twitter owner Elon Musk suggested that he would be forced to produce an “alternative” phone if Apple and Android decide to take Twitter off of their app stores.
“If Apple & Google boot Twitter from their app stores, @elonmusk should produce his own smartphone,” tweeted Liz Wheeler. “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?”
Musk responded three hours later, tweeting: “I certainly hope it does not come to that, but, yes, if there is no other choice, I will make an alternative phone.”
The statement from Musk comes after speculation continues to swirl that Apple is considering taking Twitter off of the App Store after Musk reinstated many popular conservative Twitter accounts.
“App store fees are obviously too high due to the iOS/Android duopoly,” Musk previously tweeted. “It is a hidden 30% tax on the Internet.”
One of the biggest risks to Musk’s vision for “Twitter 2.0” is the possibility that his changes violate Apple or Google’s rules in a way that slows down the company or even gets its software booted from app stores.
Tensions are already brewing. Musk complained in a tweet just last week about app store fees that Google and Apple charge companies like Twitter.
Over the weekend, Phil Schiller, the former head Apple marketing executive who still oversees the App Store, apparently deleted his widely-followed Twitter account with hundreds of thousands of followers.