Elon’s Two-Day War with Apple + How to Beat an A.I. Censor + S.B.F.’s ‘Bad Month’

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Hosted by Kevin Roose and Casey Newton

Produced by Davis Land

Edited by Paula Szuchman

Engineered by Sophia Lanman

Original music by Rowan Niemisto, Dan Powell and Elisheba Ittoop

Elon Musk accuses Apple of trying to sabotage Twitter. But after his visit with Apple’s C.E.O., Tim Cook, things are … good? Then, the New York Times reporter Paul Mozur on the tactics Chinese protesters are deploying to avoid the most sophisticated censorship apparatus in the world.

Plus: S.B.F. says it’s been a “bad month.”

Credit…Photo Illustration: The New York Times; Image: Jim Wilson/The New York Times

Additional Reading:

  • Elon Musk accused Apple of threatening to pull Twitter from its App Store and tweeted about Apple’s “secret 30 percent tax” on developers for in-app purchases. The company has again delayed the launch of Twitter Blue as it seeks a way to avoid paying Apple’s 30 percent fee for the service.

  • Later, Musk said the “misunderstanding” with Apple had been resolved after he met with the company’s C.E.O., Tim Cook, at Apple’s headquarters.

  • Layoffs at Twitter gutted the company’s child safety team, which is responsible for removing child exploitation.

  • Musk offered a “general amnesty” for over 60,000 banned accounts on Twitter.

  • Protests in China rippled throughout the country, and citizens found ways to get around the Chinese censorship apparatus.

  • On Wednesday, Sam Bankman-Fried appeared for an interview with Andrew Ross Sorkin at the DealBook Summit.


“Hard Fork” is hosted by Kevin Roose and Casey Newton and produced by Davis Land. The show is edited by Paula Szuchman. Engineering by Sophia Lanman and original music by Rowan Niemisto, Dan Powell and Elisheba Ittoop. Fact-checking by Caitlin Love.

Special thanks to Hanna Ingber, Nell Gallogly, Kate LoPresti, Shannon Busta, Mahima Chablani and Jeffrey Miranda.

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