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Ron DeSantis backs Elon Musk, warns Apple against axing Twitter from App Store


Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis blasted Apple on Tuesday over Elon Musk’s allegations that it has threatened as well Twitter from its App Store — and took a dig on the iPhone maker over its history of cooperating with the Chinese Communist Party.

DeSantis got here to Musk’s defense hours after the billionaire Twitter CEO alleged that Apple has “threatened to withhold Twitter from its App Store, but won’t tell us why.” Musk also claimed that Apple – previously one in every of Twitter’s biggest advertisers – has pulled back on ads in recent days.

In response, the Republican governor said Musk’s move to reinstate hundreds of banned Twitter accounts could have factored into Apple’s alleged moves — and that the corporate’s response should invite scrutiny from Washington.

“If Apple responds to that by nuking them from the App Store, I believe that will be an enormous, huge mistake and it might be a very raw exercise of monopolistic power that I believe would merit a response from the USA Congress,” DeSantis said.

Elon Musk previously said he would back Gov. DeSantis for president in 2024. Twitter/@FLVoiceNews

“Don’t be a vassal of the [Chinese Communist Party] on one hand after which use your corporate power in the USA on the opposite to suffocate Americans and take a look at to suppress their right to precise themselves,” DeSantis added.

DeSantis accused Apple of providing “aid and luxury to the CCP” by restricting use of its Airdrop feature in China, where protests against government-backed, draconian COVID-19 lockdowns have spread throughout the country.

The Post has reached out to Apple for comment.

Apple is already is attempting to go off Republican criticism over its business ties to China.

On Tuesday, Apple CEO Tim Cook met with top legislators — including Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.), Rep. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), and Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.) under the guise of antitrust concerns. 

But insiders told The Post the lawmakers will undoubtedly probe him on other major concerns facing Apple: Namely the corporate’s quietly agreeing to assist the CCP suppress protest.

A frequent critic of “woke” actions by major US corporations, DeSantis previously engaged in a confrontation with Disney over the corporate’s public disapproval for Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill. That dispute culminated in a DeSantis-led effort in Florida to revoke Disney’s special tax status throughout the state.

Musk attacked Apple in a series of tweets on Monday, accusing the iPhone maker of using its control of the App Store to suppress free speech. In a single post, he referenced Cook.

Apple has also threatened to withhold Twitter from its App Store, but won’t tell us why

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 28, 2022

“Apple has mostly stopped promoting on Twitter. Do they hate free speech in America?” Musk said. “What’s occurring here @tim_cook?”

Musk also ripped Apple for taking a 30% cut of revenue from large app developers with placement in its App Store. Moreover, he posted a poll asking followers if Apple “should publish all censorship actions it has taken that affect its customers.”

Nearly 85% of respondents agreed with Musk’s suggestion within the poll, which drew greater than 2.2 million participants.

“The people have spoken…” Musk added on Tuesday afternoon.

Apple App StoreApple has yet to publicly comment on the spat with Musk.Getty Images

Musk has rankled detractors in recent days before pushing forward with efforts to re-emphasize an “absolutist” free speech model for Twitter’s content moderation practices.

This week, Twitter is restoring greater than 62,000 accounts that were suspended under previous management, including greater than 11,000 pages that were banned for violating the corporate’s COVID-19 misinformation policy, Platformer reported.

In a separate update on its website, Twitter said it might stop enforcing the COVID-19 misinformation policy entirely as of Nov. 23.

Musk had previously infuriated critics but removing a ban on the account of former President Donald Trump, which had been in place since shortly after the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

Elon MuskMusk also said Apple has pulled most of its spending on Twitter ads. Getty Images for The Met Museum/

DeSantis and Musk have expressed mutual support on several occasions in recent months, with the Florida governor praising his decision to accumulate and revamp Twitter.

Meanwhile, Musk reiterated last week that he plans to support DeSantis if he follows through with a run for the US presidency in 2024.

“My preference for the 2024 presidency is someone sensible and centrist. I had hoped that will the case for the Biden administration, but have been upset thus far,” Musk tweeted last Friday. When asked if he would back DeSantis, Musk responded with an easy “yes.”

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