While Elon Musk is dropping the Twitter Files, a massive company is doubling down on censorship.
The underhanded tactics at play will leave you furious.
And now it looks like the richest company in the world is gearing up for a showdown with Elon Musk.
Elon Musk spends most of his time as the richest—or second richest—man in the world.
So, when he decided he was sick of Twitter censorship, he bought out the company and cleaned house.
But as he continues to drop the “Twitter Files” detailing exactly how the social media platform has helped leftist political causing in the past—including hiding the Hunter Biden “laptop from hell” story and banning Donald Trump—and another powerful force is amping up its censorship efforts.
Musk, who says he’s a “free speech absolutist” is worth a whopping $183.6 billion—only a bit shy of Bernard Arnault’s $186.2 billion fortune.
But while Musk is a big enough fish to make waves, the second biggest company in the world has an iron grip on telecommunications that would literally shape what people are “allowed” to know.
Apple Inc. has a market cap of $2.65 trillion meaning it is almost constantly dueling with Saudi Aramco for top spot in the as the world’s richest—and arguably most powerful—company.
In fact, an estimated 55.76% of Americans use iOS devices from the company.
That means Apple can literally control much of the information a majority of Americans access.
And it’s doing so far more aggressively than the company wants to admit.
While Apple hasn’t followed through on a rumored threat (for now) to pull Twitter from its app store, it’s cracking down on plenty of other apps with it’s over the top content policy.
In fact, the company reserves the right to pull apps containing content that is “offensive, insensitive, upsetting, intended to disgust, in exceptionally poor taste, or just plain creepy.”
That is especially problematic when politics come into play.
Plenty of leftists would claim all of the above could apply to plenty of conservatives—especially those who pose a legitimate risk to their pet candidates’ grasp on power.
Tucker Carlson revealed that video app Odysee was handed a list of almost two dozen search terms—primarily related to COVID—it had to ban in order to be on the app store.
That means users curious about anything Apple doesn’t want them to know get a notification that “this search term is restricted for iOS users of Odysee.”
According to Wall Street Journal opinion writer Andy Kessler, Apple and its big tech friends have turned into hall monitors treating American citizens like immature and too easily influenced children.
“That’s right, the public square of social media is no longer in public, it sits partly inside a government building,” Kessler wrote in a recent piece on Big Tech censorship. “ Apple, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter are like nerdy grade-school hall monitors. That’s also creepy.”
Kessler and others are pushing for federal legislation that would force Apple to allow competing app stores via “side loading.”
Apple claims the American Innovation and Choice Online Act would open up its customers to attacks from malware, ransomware, and scams.
But no doubt, the greatest risk would be giving politicians and government bureaucrats even more control over the digital public square.
Stay tuned to Unmuzzled News for any updates to this ongoing story.