Elon Musk is rich, Elon Musk is ambitious and Elon Musk is a jack-of-all-trades. He is thus at the head of essential companies in the field of electric cars (You’re here), aeronautics (SpaceX) and social networks (Twitter). But the billionaire is already thinking about another very big project.
Twitter in danger
Elon Musk is a goofy character in the eyes of many, but he is above all a seasoned businessman. The richest man in the world has limitless ambition and multiplies projects, each crazier than the next. Beyond his colossal fortune, the man is known for leading the company Tesla, specializing in the construction of electric cars, but also SpaceX, a firm which has established itself in the fields of astronautics and space flight. . Through the latter, Elon Musk does not hide his desire to colonize Mars in the (too?) near future.
More recently, it is with takeover of Twitter for the sum of 44 billion dollars that the multi-billionaire stood out, the affair having been particularly rich in twists and other legal entanglements. But more was needed to stop Elon Musk, who is already looking to the future. While he explains that he is trying to restore freedom of expression on the social network and improve its functionalities, the businessman from South Africa must already face new difficulties.
The last days, Many tensions have emerged over the moderation and compensation systems of Google Play and the App Store. Indeed, these do not suit Elon Musk, who fears that the Twitter application will be removed from these online stores. But don’t panic, the solution already seems to be found.
An elon musk smartphone approaching?
A few days ago, an American podcaster named Liz Wheeler wondered about the future of Twitter on the App Store and Google Play. On Twitter, she even went so far as to imagine that Elon Musk could launch his own smartphone in case of ejection of the application from these stores. It was to everyone’s surprise that the new boss of Twitter replied that the option was quite possible.
I certainly hope it does not come to that, but, yes, if there is no other choice, I will make an alternative phone
[Liz Wheeler] : If Apple and Google ban Twitter from their app stores, Elon Musk should produce his own smartphone. Half the country would happily give up their iPhones and Androids. This man is building rockets to go to Mars, a stupid smartphone should be child’s play, not true ?
[Elon Musk] : I really hope it doesn’t come to that but yes, if there is no other choice, I will create an alternative phone
If Apple and Google were to officially announce the removal of Twitter from their respective stores (remember that they take 30% commission from the €8 that the identification badge costs), the success of Elon Musk’s plan B is far from guaranteed. Launching a new “alternative” smartphone also involves the development of a whole new ecosystem requiring precious time and many resources. Let us also remember that many have already broken their teeth there, like Facebook and its “Fire Phone” in 2014.