Elon Musk, the visionary behind Tesla Inc., recently made an announcement that could have significant implications for X, the social-media platform formerly known as Twitter. Musk declared that the block feature on X will be eliminated, a move that may put the platform at risk of being removed from Apple Inc.’s App Store and Alphabet Inc.’s Google Play.
As the chief executive and owner of X, Musk believes that the block feature no longer serves a purpose and has recommended using the mute button as an alternative. However, he did not provide any specific details or timeline for implementing this change.
Both Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play Store have guidelines in place that require social-media apps like Twitter to include a block feature. This feature is crucial as it enables users to protect themselves from abusive individuals. If X fails to comply with this rule, it could face removal from these widely used app stores. Nevertheless, it remains to be seen whether Musk will follow through on his recent statement.
Representatives from Apple and Google were unable to provide an immediate comment on this matter.