Apple is threating to remove Twitter from their app store according to Elon Musk, who says they won’t explain why they are making this threat.

Musk said today via his Twitter that Apple has also stopped advertising on the platform, asking if they hate free speech.

Here’s the tweets:

Musk is fighting back via his Twitter account, asking who else Apple has censored and revealing a secret tax they put on everything bought through the app store:

Musk suggests he’d rather go to war than pay this secret tax:

And he posted this poll suggesting Apple publish all censorship actions is has taken that affect its customers:

“Yes” is winning by a whopping 86%.

This comes on the heels of a report today that Apple is now aiding the Chinese government by restricting a tool used by protesters in China to share information. Protests and dissent is hot and heavy in China right now as the communist government is putting its own heavy restrictions on people over COVID.

Via Yahoo News:

Anti-government protests flared in several Chinese cities and on college campuses over the weekend. But the country’s most widespread show of public dissent in decades will have to manage without a crucial communication tool, because Apple restricted its use in China earlier this month.

AirDrop, the file-sharing feature on iPhones and other Apple devices, has helped protestors in many authoritarian countries evade censorship. That’s because AirDrop relies on direct connections between phones, forming a local network of devices that don’t need the internet to communicate. People can opt into receiving AirDrops from anyone else with an iPhone nearby.

That changed on Nov. 9, when Apple released a new version of its mobile operating system, iOS 16.1.1, to customers worldwide. Rather than listing new features, as it often does, the company simply said, “This update includes bug fixes and security updates and is recommended for all users.”

Hidden in the update was a change that only applies to iPhones sold in mainland China: AirDrop can only be set to receive messages from everyone for 10 minutes, before switching off. There’s no longer a way to keep the “everyone” setting on permanently on Chinese iPhones. The change, first noticed by Chinese readers of 9to5Mac, doesn’t apply anywhere else.

AirDrop has been an effective communication tool for protestors in Hong Kong, as Quartz previously documented. It’s been used to communicate with other protestors, reach passersby, and spread messages to tourists from mainland China visiting Hong Kong. On the mainland, protestors have also AirDropped protest literature, particularly on college campuses where some of the current protests have broken out. China’s control of the internet has become so strong that dissidents must cling to any crack in the so-called Great Firewall.

Apple is raking in billions and billions by using the Chinese workforce to create their devices. So of course, when the Chinese government comes calling, Apple falls right in line.

But yet they are threatening to remove Twitter because Elon Musk now owns it? Nothing but a bunch of leftist hypocrites.

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