Twitter CEO Elon Musk said on Saturday that if the microblogging platform is removed from app stores, he will produce “alternative” smartphones to compete with Apple and Android devices.
It all started with a user tweeting, “If Apple and Google remove Twitter from their app stores, @elonmusk should build his own smartphone.” Half of the country would gladly abandon the biased, snooping iPhone and Android. “If he can build rockets to Mars, surely he can build a silly little smartphone.”
“I certainly hope it does not come to that,” Musk responded, “but, yes, if there is no other choice, I will make an alternative phone.”
Several users responded to Musk’s post with their thoughts.
“I bet he’ll revolutionize smartphones,” one person said, while another said, “I feel like this plan is already in the works.”
Meanwhile, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey announced on Friday that the microblogging platform’s ‘Verified’ service would be relaunched on Friday next week, and that all verified accounts would be “manually authenticated before check activates.”
Musk had previously paused its $8 Blue subscription service with verification due to platform chaos caused by fake accounts with blue badges impersonating real accounts after paying $8, stating that it will relaunch it on November 29 — this time more “rock solid.”