Following all the chaos that happened to Twitter after it was acquired by Elon Musk, Apple Fellow and former Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller has deleted his account on the platform. However, if you want the latest from Schiller, you can follow him on Mastodon.
Phil Schiller opens official account on Mastodon
As a Mastodon user points out, a person recently appeared on social networks claiming to be Phil Schiller. However, since Mastodon does not have a verified badge, it was difficult to know if this account actually belonged to Schiller. But now 9to5Mac confirmed to Schiller himself that his Mastodon account is official.
Blogger John Gruber (who has strong ties to Apple executives) also independently confirmed that Schiller’s Mastodon account is official.
Schiller has never given a reason for deleting his Twitter account, but it was the same week that Elon Musk criticized Apple for implying it had stopped advertising on social networks. That was it. Musk said at the time that Apple hated free speech. Musk later said he met Tim Cook at Apple Park. Musk claims he had a great conversation there with the Apple CEO.
Twitter announced this week that it has officially banned developers from using the social network’s APIs to create third-party clients that replace the Twitter app or website. With this announcement, apps like Twitterrific and Tweetbot are officially retired. The main reason is that these apps don’t show ads to users, which could have a negative impact on Twitter’s advertising revenue.
Interestingly, one of Phil Schiller’s first posts about Mastodon promoted Ivory, a new third-party client for Mastodon created by Tweetbot developers.
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