Elon Musk and Tim Cook "resolve" Twitter's App Store dispute... for now

Tim Cook and Elon Musk in front of an image of Apple Park
(Image credit: Apple)

Update: Elon Musk has stated that, following his meeting with Apple's Tim Cook on  November 30, the two parties have "resolved" a misunderstanding that saw Musk claim that Twitter was being threatened with removal from the App Store.

A "good conversation" with Cook revealed that Apple had "never considered" taking Twitter off the iPhone maker's software storefront. The Tesla boss had stated on Monday that Apple may have been considering penalising the social network for its moderation standards. 

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Not that this will be the last time the two come to blows. Musk has continued to rail against Apple's 30% cut from in app purchases as he looks to further push Twitter Blue subscription option, a position shared by Epic Games, the maker of the Fortnite video game. Epic's war against Apple saw it acrimoniously jump from the App Store ship as it tried to maximise what could be made from its lucrative in-app purchases.

Musk will also have to continue to contend with critics of his banned accounts amnesty (which has seen the likes of Donald Trump re-instated to the service) and the rollback of its policy against Covid-19 misinformation. 

Such moves have made advertisers uneasy, leading Musk to scramble the to fill the revenue gap left by fleeing advertisers.

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Elon Musk is in the building. Well, Apple's building.

In a post on Twitter, the Chief Twit revealed that he has met with Tim Cook at Apple Park, the technology giant's main headquarters in Cupertino, California. The tweet simply thanked Cook for showing Musk around the campus, saying "thanks for taking me around Apple’s beautiful HQ."

Musk also attached a video to the tweet, showing off the large manmade pond that is located in the middle of the campus within the perimeter of the spaceship-like building. You can see the shadows of Musk and what is likely Cook in the video:

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It's unclear what Cook and Musk discussed

While Musk has revealed that he met with Cook, he did not provide any insight into what exactly the two executives have discussed. However, with recent events (or tweets) in mind, it wouldn't be hard to take a guess as to what the topic of conversation was.

Earlier this week, Musk seems to have chosen his next target to fight with, and that was Apple. The Twitter owner and CEO took to the social media platform to rail against the company, sending out a number of tweets including those that questioned if Apple hated free speech in the United States due to a claim that the company had rolled back its advertising efforts on the platform.

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Musk also claimed that "Apple has also threatened to withhold Twitter from its App Store, but won’t tell us why." He did not provide any evidence to back up that claim.

The Twitter CEO also tried to rile up his fans by saying Apple "puts a secret 30% tax on everything you buy through their App Store?" That tweet was quickly flagged by the company's own Community Notes feature, which pointed out that Apple's 30% commission was well known and public — certainly not secret.

With Musk's meeting with Cook, the two companies appear to be trying to work out their differences and, without a doubt, if Apple will back off its 30% commission on Twitter Blue subscriptions which Musk has delayed the launch off.

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