Elon Musk is at it again. The new Twitter owner shared a meme mocking the far-left news network CNN on Monday, and they clapped back with a “fact-checking” meme. But that’s not all. Musk also generated much heat with Apple on Monday, calling out the company and its CEO, Tim Cook.
After weeks of attacks from the mainstream left for trying to bring back free speech on Twitter, Musk tweeted out a meme to CNN. The meme was a picture of CNN co-host Don Lemon and a news headline with the caption: “CNN: Elon Musk could threaten free speech on Twitter by literally allowing people to speak freely.” In response, CNN posted a screenshot of Musk’s tweet with an overlayed image of the Twitter violation message. Observers of the tweet exchange said that CNN’s response was even more hilarious than Musk’s original tweet.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 28, 2022
Despite the hilarity over CNN’s response, most of the attention on Monday was geared toward Musk’s tweets to Apple and Tim Cook. Apple recently stopped advertising on Twitter, and they have yet to tell Musk their reason.
Among tweets targeting the tech giant, Musk posted a poll asking users what he should do with the company. Should Apple publish all censorship actions it has taken that affect its customers? In the following tweet, he highlighted an account that claims to have been censored by the conglomerate. It’s no surprise that Musk is irritated by the situation because Cook holds high influence over other tech companies through Apple’s worldwide domination.
Since the Twitter takeover, Musk has been set on confronting Apple for taking a 30% cut from subscription revenue. His business plan has shifted gears from the platform’s dependence on advertising to a reliance on subscription sales. Apple interferes with that plan by charging a 30% tax on the platform and app developers.
Interestingly, Apple is under further scrutiny in Congress while they work to advance antitrust laws. The Open Apps Market Act seeks to give developers more control and evade fees from Apple and Google. Apple has been pressured by regulators and politicians worldwide about its App Store policies. The company says the fees are essential in paying employees to review each app for consumer privacy and security.