A CNN reporter defended Apple Tuesday after Elon Musk claimed the tech giant threatened to kick Twitter off its App Store over moderation policies.
“So, Apple basically have a quality control in their app store, so before anything can go on your phone, they will go through apps to make sure, one, there’s not viruses or kind of spyware on it that could end up spying on you, but also they have quality controls in place when it comes to hate speech and also COVID misinformation,” Donnie O’Sullivan told “CNN Newsroom” hosts Bianna Golodryga and Jim Sciutto. “We saw last year the right-wing social media platform Parler was kicked off the Apple app store temporarily, for a few months, until it got its hate speech policies in place in a way that Apple were happy enough with.”
Musk called out Apple CEO Tim Cook on the social media site Monday, claiming that Apple threatened to remove Twitter from its App Store. Since Musk’s takeover of Twitter, multiple advertisers paused spending, while Democratic senators pushed for a Federal Trade Commission investigation into the social media site.
“Obviously, what we’re seeing with Elon Musk now is that he is tearing back the rule book on Twitter, and I think what we’re seeing is that potentially Apple might have some problems with it,” O’Sullivan said. “Of course, we haven’t heard officially from Apple just yet. Speaking of those policies, we learned overnight … Twitter had a misinformation policy against COVID misinformation in place since 2020. That is no more, they have ripped that up. As part of that policy, 11,000 accounts were suspended, were banned, we may see many of those accounts coming back. That is something that Musk has promised. He said accounts that were banned would be coming back.”
Musk announced a general amnesty for most banned accounts Thursday after a poll in which 72.4% of those who voted backed the proposal. Prior to that, he reinstated a number of Twitter accounts, including that of former President Donald Trump, following a poll in which 51.8% backed the restoration of Trump’s account.
O’Sullivan noted “a very senior Twitter employee” who left the company in the wake of Musk’s takeover would be speaking out about Musk’s changes at an event in Florida.
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