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Elon Musk and Tim Cook Meet at Apple Headquarters — Reveals Decision on Removing Twitter from App Store

Twitter CEO Elon Musk met with Apple CEO Tim Cook at Apple’s headquarters on Wednesday.

“Thanks [Tim Cook] for taking me around Apple’s beautiful HQ,” Musk said.

“Good conversation,” he continued. “Among other things, we resolved the misunderstanding about Twitter potentially being removed from the App Store. Tim was clear that Apple never considered doing so.”

This comes as quite a surprise to many who believed that Cook was about to drop Twitter from the App Store over content moderation concerns.

“The media cheered on the prospect of Twitter being banned by Apple and Google and even called for it,” Ian Cheong remarked. “We know who our enemies are—it’s the media. Many in tech just want to do the right thing but they’re so afraid to. You’re showing them how it’s done.”

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“Looks like Tim didn’t want another smart phone competitor and decided to play nice,” Seth Weathers remarked.

Musk earlier had entertained the thought of building his own phone if Apple and Google wanted to play hardball.

“If Apple & Google boot Twitter from their app stores, [Elon Musk] should produce his own smartphone,” Liz Wheeler remarked. “Half the country would happily ditch the biased, snooping iPhone & Android. The man builds rockets to Mars, a silly little smartphone should be easy, right?”

“I certainly hope it does not come to that, but, yes, if there is no other choice, I will make an alternative phone,” he replied.

On Monday, Musk revealed that Apple is threatening to remove Twitter from its App Store.

“Apple has also threatened to withhold Twitter from its App Store, but won’t tell us why,” Musk said.

Shem Horne points out that the threat is unlikely to be about Musk’s recent restoration of former President Donald Trump’s account.

“Truth Social is allowed on their App Store, which means it isn’t about President Trump or content moderation,” Horne said. “It’s about trying to bring you under control and make you submit to the lefts demands like the previous owners of Twitter did.”

Musk earlier said that Apple had all-but-stopped advertising on Twitter.

“Apple has mostly stopped advertising on Twitter,” Musk said. “Do they hate free speech in America?”

What’s going on here @tim_cook?” he added, referring to Apple CEO Tim Cook.

In another sign of escalation, Elon Musk agreed that a parody of a famous 1984-themed ad from Apple was “accurate.”

Conservative commentator Ashley St. Clair actually had a brilliant idea for Elon Musk should the clash with Apple escalate.

“Remove this free advertising for them,” she said. “All tweets show device/social management service.”

One digital publisher, LBRY, revealed that Apple had forced it to restrict search terms or be considered ineligible for the App Store.

“During Covid, Apple demanded our apps filter some search terms from being returned,”LBRY said. “If we did not filter the terms, our apps would not be allowed in the store. Apple may make good products, but they have been opposed to free speech for some time.”

Elon also ran a poll asking users if Apple should reveal its censorship actions to users.

Musk also said that Apple puts a 30% tax on everything bought through its App Store.

As Matthew Foldi of the Free Beacon pointed out, Apple has long engaged in anticompetitive behavior.

“Meta and Spotify both slammed Apple for anticompetitive behavior in its App Store through its ‘developer tax’,” an Examiner article states.

“Meta attacked Apple after it quietly updated its rules to require that certain transactions made in-app, such as purchases of NFTs or social media boosts, must be made through the App Store — thus making them subject to a 30% levy by Apple,” the article added.

Elon Musk, for his part, recently lauded Shopify for standing up to activists attempting to get content creators silenced.

“Shopify has a published acceptable use policy and a principled process to apply it,’ CEO Tobi Lutke said. “Pressure groups on all sides try to influence it sometimes and CBC needs to see through that not amplify bad faith narrative.”

“Good for you!” Musk responded.

Seth Dillon, Babylon Bee CEO, summed up the clash between Musk and Leftists demanding censorship of Americans’ speech.

While Mollie Hemingway of The Federalist noted that Apple has long aided and abetted China’s oppression of the Chinese people.

Journalist Rita Panahi also noted Apple’s complicity with the Chinese regime during the current uprising against Covid Zero lockdowns.

One of the major points of content for Musk’s critics is the disbanding of a ‘content moderation council’ opposed to free speech and diversity of political opinion on Twitter.

“A large coalition of political/social activist groups agreed not to try to kill Twitter by starving us of advertising revenue if I agreed to this condition,” Musk said. “They broke the deal.”

However, there is no credible evidence to support an uptick in “hate speech” on the platform. As Elon Musk recently pointed out, the metrics that Twitter used to track such alleged “hate speech” are down by one-third after his takeover.

The left’s campaign against free speech on Twitter has been at least partly successful, as a Washington Post analysis revealed this week.

“More than a third of Twitter’s top 100 marketers have not advertised on the social media network in the past two weeks, a Washington Post analysis of marketing data found — an indication of the extent of skittishness among advertisers about billionaire Elon Musk’s control of the company,” the Post said.

“Dozens of top Twitter advertisers, including 14 of the top 50, have stopped advertising in the few weeks since Musk’s chaotic acquisition of the social media company, according to The Post’s analysis of data from Pathmatics, which offers brand analysis on digital marketing trends,” the analysis continued.

The European Union has also reacted to Elon Musk’s Twitter takeover by threatening to ban the platform unless it complies with the EU’s rules on moderating political speech.

As reported by the Financial Times, EU industry chief Thierry Breton made the threat during a video meeting with Musk on Wednesday. Breton told Musk “there is still huge work ahead” to bring the platform in compliance with Brussels’ rules.

Elon Musk, in recent weeks, has taken his $44 billion investment in Twitter and transformed the website into one based more on free speech and transparency. Musk has restored former President Donald Trump’s once-banned Twitter account and granted a blanket amnesty to suspended conservative Twitter accounts. Musk appears only to be getting started.

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Elon Musk and Tim Cook Meet at Apple Headquarters — Reveals Decision on Removing Twitter from App Store is written by Kyle Becker for trendingpolitics.com

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BREAKING: JOE BIDEN DROPS OUT!

BREAKING: JOE BIDEN DROPS OUT!

(ConcernedPatriot.com) – Joe Biden has decided not to run for reelection.

On Sunday afternoon, Biden declared his plan and promised to provide further details shortly.

“It has been the greatest honor of my life to serve as your President,” Biden’s statement read. “And while it has been my intention to seek reelection, I believe it is in the best interest of my party and the country for me to stand down and to focus solely on fulfilling my duties as President for the remainder of my term.”

Although Vice President Kamala Harris was expressly endorsed as his successor, he congratulated her in his statement for “being an extraordinary partner in all this work.”

But Biden later gave “my full support and endorsement for Kamala to be the nominee of our party this year” in a statement uploaded on X.

Then, in a powerful message to Democrats, Biden urged them to unite and defeat Trump, emphasizing the importance of collective action in the upcoming election.

Do you believe VP Kamala Harris will be the 2024 Democratic presidential nominee?

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9 Secret Service Failures that Led to Trump Almost Being Assassinated

9 Secret Service Failures that Led to Trump Almost Being Assassinated

(ConcernedPatriot.com) – This past Saturday, during a campaign rally in Butler, Pennsylvania, former President Donald Trump came dangerously close to being assassinated in what is believed to be the biggest Secret Service blunder in forty years.

The fact remains that the organization tasked with defending Trump was unable to prevent the gunman, 20-year-old Thomas Matthew Crooks, from setting up shop less than 500 feet away, killing Corey Comperatore, a 50-year-old volunteer fire chief, and hitting President Trump in the ear.

Numerous investigations are in progress, but there have been few replies yet. Kimberly Cheatle, the director of the Secret Service, is scheduled to testify before the House Oversight Committee on Monday.

The following nine significant security lapses by the Secret Service that we are now aware of require attention:

1. There was an apparent security concern from the rooftop from where Crooks fired shots at Trump. According to NBC News, the Secret Service had recognized the rooftop as a possible point of vulnerability in the days leading up to the rally.

Why was the building given to local law enforcement and not included in the Secret Service’s inside perimeter? Why wasn’t the building’s perimeter secured? How did rally participants see Crooks ascending to the rooftop and positioning himself before the police could stop him?

When did the Secret Service’s counter-sniper teams learn about him, and why weren’t any of them designated to keep an eye on the rooftop?

2. The Secret Service allowed local police enforcement to be housed inside the structure instead of outside on the roof. According to Cheatle, the choice was to house local law enforcement inside the structure instead of on top of it.

She asserted that the roof’s “slope” was a “safety factor” in the decision. Dan Bongino, a podcast presenter and former Secret Service agent, has dubbed that “bullsh-t.”

In his July 18, 2024, podcast episode, Bongino stated that he had heard from sources that local police snipers were placed inside because they were pitted against counter-snipers and thought they could accomplish the task from the building’s second story.

This raises the question: Why weren’t counter-snipers on the rooftop watching for would-be snipers?

3. The building’s exterior was not secure, which gave Crooks access to the rooftop. Who was guarding the building from the outside or the rooftop from below, even if local police snipers were not stationed on the rooftop?

Did local law enforcement officers have a watch duty at the building? The Washington Post stated that although the agency had planned ahead, local police had informed the Secret Service before Saturday that they did not have the means to place a patrol car and officer outside the facility.

Why didn’t the Secret Service devise a backup strategy? How did Crooks manage to go to the top unhindered and get a direct line of sight with Trump?

4. About three hours before Trump spoke, at around 3 p.m., local law police noticed Crooks near a magnetometer with a range finder. After that, they lost sight of him. Why hadn’t law enforcement or the Secret Service questioned or followed him earlier?

CNN reports that Crooks caused a stir when he passed past magnetometers erected to check participants for the presence of a range finder. This device resembles a tiny pair of binoculars and is frequently used by the military or hunters to locate targets.

According to Bongino, there is disagreement over whether he used magnetometers in real life. Nevertheless, he was supposedly seen close to them.

The questions are: Who saw Crooks using the range finder, and who was informed of the sighting? Why wasn’t he followed up with or questioned at that point?

5. Crooks was not stopped or questioned even though local law enforcement officers reportedly saw him about an hour before Trump was scheduled to speak.

They saw him hanging outside the building, scoping the rooftop, returning with a backpack, and pulling out a range finder. They reported him to a command center.

It is unclear to whom Crooks was reported, whether the Secret Service knew about him then, and why he was not apprehended or questioned in light of his suspicious activity.

How was he permitted to ascend onto the rooftop without being stopped if he was under the notice of the Secret Service or local law enforcement?

6. About 20 minutes before Trump entered the stage, at 5:52 p.m., the Secret Service allegedly saw Crooks on the rooftop. Despite this, the agency did not prevent Trump from taking the platform.

At 5:52 p.m., ABC News reported he was spotted on the rooftop by Secret Service snipers. Why was Trump permitted to speak on stage even though?

When a local police officer observed Crooks on the rooftop sometime around 6:02 p.m., it was said that he pointed his gun at him, which caused him to tumble back down and hurt himself.

Were the Secret Service snipers present when this occurred, and if so, why were they inactive at that time?

7. The Secret Service snipers did nothing before Crooks fired at Trump, even though he had drawn his gun and positioned himself to shoot him.

Why wasn’t he neutralized before he could shoot Trump, even after the Secret Service recognized him as a threat and after he took out a gun and took up position?

Why was there an 11-second delay between Crooks’ initial shot at Trump and the Secret Service snipers’ fatal shot, assuming they had seen him at 5:52 p.m.?

8. Trump arrived on stage at 6:02 p.m., and for ten minutes, no action was taken to remove him from the platform until Crooks was able to open fire on him at 6:12 p.m.

Why wasn’t Trump removed from the stage, even if Secret Service snipers saw Crooks on the rooftop and were unsure of what to do?

Who decided not to try to remove him, and was there an attempt to do so?

9. No drone monitoring was conducted during the event, which would have allowed law police to catch Crooks scaling the rooftop earlier.

Despite the Secret Service’s capacity to request drone monitoring, Bongino claims no drone was used to record the event.

Was that capability requested by the Secret Service? If yes, who disputed it and to what extent?

On Monday, Cheatle—who has acknowledged that she has no plans to retire despite receiving calls for her resignation—will have many questions to respond to.

Should the Secret Service Director be immediately fired?

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Far-Left Streamer ‘Destiny’ PROMOTES KILLING TRUMP SUPPORTERS

Far-Left Streamer 'Destiny' PROMOTES KILLING TRUMP SUPPORTERS

(ConcernedPatriot.com) – Over the past eight years, leftists who have called for violence against President Trump and his followers have become all too familiar to us.

Now that an attempt on Trump’s life was foiled at his Pennsylvania rally the previous weekend, we must give these unlawful threats against the former president and his allies more careful thought.

A well-known far-left live streamer named Destiny—a man with a female name—went on a hateful rampage against the late Trump supporter Corey Comperatore during the past week after Comperatore was struck by a bullet that was accidentally fired at the president.

It didn’t take long for blue-haired lefties like Destiny to start joyfully celebrating the death of a Trump fan while lamenting the fact that the assassin didn’t manage to kill the former president.

His words promoting violence led to his (supposedly) demonetization on X, and he was also temporarily suspended from Kick.com, a well-known streaming service, for making the same heinous statements.

Many conservatives supported Destiny’s right to make such remarks as an example of the First Amendment.

But Destiny changed his tone during the RNC, going from endorsing violence to openly endorsing political assassinations.

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After facing a series of personal challenges, including a highly publicized divorce, Destiny suffered a dramatic meltdown.

During an impromptu interview with The Gateway Pundit journalist Elijah Schaffer during the RNC in Milwaukee, WI, the host of The Young Turks, Ana Kasparian, went out of her way to denounce these remarks even though some conservatives were quick to accuse all liberals of thinking the same way.

It’s alarming to see someone with Destiny’s level of popularity advocating for political violence. However, it’s heartening to see progressive colleagues like Ana Kasparian criticize him for his deplorable remarks and serve as a reminder that, occasionally, people have public breakdowns.

Should far-left liberals promoting violence, like Destiny, be immediately de-platformed and demonetized?

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