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Musk says ‘Epic is proper,’ takes sides in battle with Apple

Tesla Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk on Friday confirmed his help for Fortnite maker Epic Games that has challenged Apple’s charges on its App Store.

“Apple app store fees are a de facto global tax on the Internet. Epic is right,” he said in a tweet.

Apple is battling a lawsuit filed final year by Epic Games, alleging that the iPhone maker has abused its dominance in the market for cellular apps. Epic broke Apple’s guidelines when it launched its personal in-app fee system in Fortnite to bypass Apple’s commissions.

Apple, which has defended its App Store practices each in courtroom and to lawmakers in hearings, didn’t instantly reply to a Reuters request for remark.

Separately, Musk denied a report that he as soon as had a chat with Apple boss Tim Cook associated to a doable acquisition of the electrical carmaker and taking up because the iPhone maker’s CEO.

“There was a point where I requested to meet with Cook to talk about Apple buying Tesla. There were no conditions of acquisition proposed whatsoever. He refused to meet,” Musk stated in one other tweet.

Musk tweeted help for Epic Games in its courtroom struggle with Apple.

Musk additionally denied experiences he and Apple boss Tim Cook ever mentioned a takeover of Tesla by Apple.

On Tesla’s name with Wall Street analysts earlier this week, Musk took photographs at Apple, criticizing the company’s “walled garden” or its tightly managed tech ecosystem and its utilization of cobalt, a key mineral for making lithium-ion batteries.