DeSantis Warns Apple About Removing Twitter from App Store, Attacks China’s ‘Zero Covid’ policy
Venture capitalist and Twitter CEO Elon Musk have received significant pushback from the media and liberal pressure groups since he acquired the social media giant earlier this year.
The pushback after Musk vowed to restore free speech to the platform has resulted in companies pulling advertising revenue from Twitter and Apple threatening to remove Twitter from their app stores.
Musk called Apple out on Twitter, saying that the company threatened to remove Twitter from its app store without explanation.
Apple has also threatened to withhold Twitter from its App Store, but won’t tell us why
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 28, 2022
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis praised Musk for standing up for free speech on Twitter, saying it was good that accounts that were “unfairly and illegitimately” suspended are being restored.
“These experts were wrong, and you had people on Twitter that were calling that out and Twitter, the old regime and Twitter, their response was to try to just suffocate the dissent and Elon Musk knows that’s not a winning formula,” DeSantis said.
DeSantis also said that the newly elected Republican majority in the House should investigate Apple if it chooses to remove Twitter from its apps tore.
“He’s providing free speech, and so if Apple responds to that by nuking them from the App Store, you know, I think that would be a huge, huge mistake,” DeSantis said in response.
WATCH: Ron DeSantis says Apple removing @elonmusk's Twitter from app store warrants Congressional response
"That would be a huge, huge mistake, and it would be a really raw exercise of monopolistic power that I think would merit a response from the United States Congress." pic.twitter.com/VNjG6GuBcd
— Florida’s Voice (@FLVoiceNews) November 29, 2022
Other people have criticized big tech companies’ abuse of their monopoly power to censor political opponents and, in some cases, potential competitors. Still, Congress has expressed little interest in opening anti-trust investigations in tech companies such as Apple and Google.
This is exactly how Parler was destroyed for its refusal to obey the censorship orders of DC Democrats: Apple and Google removed the app from their stores, crippling Parler.
Threats of doing the same to Twitter have clearly been raised. It's an insane abuse of monopoly power. https://t.co/998ok6KJuh
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) November 28, 2022
DeSantis also criticized Apple’s cooperation with China’s authoritarian policies. Apple banned using Airdrop for Chinese protesters to communicate during Covid-19 lockdowns.
“Don’t be a vassal of the CCP on one hand and then use your corporate power in the United States on the other to suffocate Americans and try to suppress their rights to express themselves,” DeSantis said.
The Governor then attacked China’s ‘Zero Covid’ policy. China has continued to impose harsh lockdowns over two years after the outbreak of the Covid-19 virus, maintaining its goal to eradicate Covid-19 from the country completely.
BREAKING: DeSantis slams CCP, Apple for refusing to allow protesters to us AirDrop, calls Apple a vassal of the CCP, blasts them for threatening Twitter on the App Storepic.twitter.com/0qg3fEy68s
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) November 29, 2022
“It violates people’s liberties, and it is completely unscientific. And the people of China are right to be able to speak out and protest against what the Chinese Communist Party is doing,” he said.
“This CCP has a maniacal desire to exert total control over its population. Zero Covid is really just the pretext for them to do what they want to do anyways.”
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