Heat-seeking politicians join hemorrhaging Twitter in dubious battle with Apple

Tim Cook, as it happens, is in Washington today to meet with Jim Jordan and other GOP leaders.

From "DeSantis Attacks Apple For Allegedly Threatening To Remove Musk-Run Twitter From App Store—Joining Other Republicans" posted Tuesday by Forbes:

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) on Tuesday joined a growing chorus of Republicans criticizing Apple after Twitter owner Elon Musk claimed the tech giant threatened to remove Twitter from its App Store, strengthening the GOP’s ties to Musk and amplifying their shared criticism of major tech companies.

Removing Twitter from the App Store would be a “huge, huge mistake and a really raw exercise of monopolistic power,” DeSantis said Tuesday while speaking at an unrelated event in Duval County, adding that he believes the move would call for a congressional response.

Apple has not publicly responded to Musk, who tweeted about the alleged threat Monday afternoon, or confirmed that it threatened to remove Twitter’s app.

DeSantis speculated Apple’s alleged threat was based on Musk’s reinstatement of Twitter accounts that were “unfairly and illegally suspended for putting out accurate information about Covid,” he said, though Musk has said it’s unclear why Apple issued the warning.

Ohio Senator-elect J.D. Vance (R) also criticized Apple in similar terms, tweeting Monday that the move “would be the most raw exercise of monopoly power in a century,” hours after Musk initially made the allegation about Apple in a tweet.

Rep. Ken Buck (R-Colo.) and Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), who serve on the House and Senate Judiciary committees’ antitrust panels, along with Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), also called on Congress Monday to take legislative action to limit Apple’s and other tech giants’ control over the app market.

From Bloomberg's "Apple’s Cook Goes to Washington to Meet With Top GOP Lawmakers" posted Tuesday evening:

Cook has scheduled sessions with Republican Representatives Jim Jordan of Ohio, Darrell Issa of California and Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington, according to two of the people familiar with the meetings, who asked not to be identified discussing private travel plans. Jordan and McMorris Rodgers are likely to chair the top committees overseeing the tech industry when the GOP retakes the House next year.

The meetings were likely scheduled weeks ago, far in advance of the diatribe against the company launched by Twitter Inc. CEO Elon Musk. Still, Apple faces intensifying heat from conservatives. Some Republicans are rallying behind Musk, who on Monday attacked Apple and Cook in a series of tweets, claiming that the company threatened to remove Twitter from Apple’s app stores and paused its advertising on Twitter’s platform.

My take: I would be handing out popcorn this morning if I thought this were a debate worth watching.

12 Comments

  1. Jonny T said:
    You would imagine that politicians would have real work that needs to be done.

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    • David Emery said:
      For politicians, stirring up their base IS real work.

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  2. Greg Lippert said:
    OMG what the f*** is wrong with politicians. The Musk Man says something uncorroborated (he’s never lied or exaggerated before to make his point) and these nut jobs take it at face value and run with it as fact.

    There are 100 steps that have to happen before Apple takes them off the store and the only one that probably would really do it would be is if/when Elon rolls out his own App Payment platform.

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  3. Gary Gouriluk said:
    There is no simple answer to why American politics has become a superficial fascist idiot contest, but Twitter is part of that answer.

    Tim Cook meeting Jim Jordan?
    It would be incredible to watch that. Unflappable reason meets unabashed BS? Or sadly, American aspiration vs. American destiny.

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  4. Romeo A Esparrago Jr said:
    There’s not enough Anusol MaxPlus rhoid crème in the world to stop that hemorrhaging. You’re going to need a bigger boat.

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  5. Fred Stein said:
    Now we know Elon’s vision for Twitter.

    We can ignore all those who blather about it.

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  6. John Butt said:
    Is Musk planning to stand in 2024?

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    • S Lawton said:
      He can’t. Otherwise I think he’d be tempted

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      • David Emery said:
        Musk can’t run for President. If he’s a (naturalized) US Citizen, there are no other restrictions on running for Congress.

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  7. Steven Philips said:
    Well, to quote that chocolate munching sage, “Stupid is as stupid does.”
    And Muskrat doesn’t need to run. He’s got De Santis!

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    November 30, 2022

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