Elon Musk may have more ambitions to turn the microblogging social network (Twitter) into a successful company. His most recent move, which contravenes Apple’s App Store policies, is forcing users to disclose their data. Users would be confronted with a full-screen message, and they cannot skip this stage if they wish to continue using the service, according to recent information released by Platformer (via Business Insider). Twitter users may now choose not to be tracked, much as on Facebook and Google, but this option may soon become obsolete.
According to people who know Twitter’s intentions, the move will first be implemented for around 1% of Americans to gauge their reaction before being made available to all app users. It could be necessary to sign up for Twitter Blue to get around this problem, but doing so will cost you $8 per month or $11 if you have an iPhone. Twitter wants customers to be coerced into handing up their data since Twitter Blue, expected to cost the business $6 in revenue per subscriber, won’t stop it from going bankrupt.
Even if Musk successfully implements this adjustment, it remains unaddressed that forcing customers to consent to the sale of their data and the service’s tracking of them is a clear breach of Apple’s App Store policies. Under Apple’s App Store Review Guidelines, users are not permitted to utilize an app or service for tracking. According to this information, Twitter would be breaking the rules, which may lead to Apple taking the app down from its store.
Apps should allow a user to get what they’ve paid for without performing additional tasks, such as posting on social media, uploading contacts, checking in to the app a certain number of times, etc. Apps should not require users to rate the app, review the app, watch videos, download other apps, tap on advertisements, enable tracking, or take other similar actions in order to access functionality, content, use the app, or receive monetary or other compensation, including but not limited to gift cards and codes.”
According to an EU directive, Twitter might again be available on the platform via third-party alternatives if Apple removes it from the App Store, but only if it does. Twitter is now weighing further cost-cutting measures, such as not providing severance benefits to fired staff. In other words, disaster is on the horizon, but we’ll have to wait and see how it turns out.