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Twitter owner Musk signals new 'war' against Apple

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Twitter owner Elon Musk on Monday opened fire against Apple over its tight control of what is allowed on the App Store, saying the iPhone maker has threatened to oust his recently acquired social media platform.Musk also joined the chorus crying foul over a 30 percent fee Apple collects on transactions via its App Store -- the sole gateway for applications to get onto its billion plus mobile devices.A series of tweets fired off by Musk included a meme of a car with his first name on it veering onto a highway off-ramp labeled "Go to War," instead of continuing onwards towards "Pay 30%."The billionaire CEO also tweeted that Apple has "threatened to withhold Twitter from its App Store, but won't tell us why."Apple did not immediately reply to an AFP request for comment.Both Apple and Google require social networking services on their app stores to have effective systems for moderating harmful or abusive content.But since taking over Twitter last month, Musk has cut around half of Twitter's workforce, including many employees tasked with fighting disinformation, while an unknown number of others have voluntarily quit.He has also reinstated previously banned accounts, including that of former president Donald Trump.Yoel Roth, the former head of trust and safety at Twitter who left after Musk took over, wrote in a New York Times op-ed that "failure to adhere to Apple's and Google's guidelines would be catastrophic," and risk "expulsion from their app stores."Describing himself as a "free speech absolutist," Musk believes that all content permitted by law should be allowed on Twitter, and on Monday described his actions as a "revolution against online censorship in America."He also tweeted that he planned to publish "Twitter

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