First the users and now Apple rejects X
Twitter's recent rebranding efforts, led by Mr. Musk, introduced the new name and logo 'X' for the social media platform. While the change was successful in some aspects, it faced challenges in Apple's App Store.
Twitter's rebranding saw the adoption of the new name 'X,' with the vanity domain x.com redirecting to the platform. Google Play and Apple's App Store both released updated versions of the Twitter app for Android and iOS users, with the new 'X' logo.
But the name of the app stayed as Twitter on App Store, at least for some time.
Apple rejects X
Despite the successful update on Google Play, Apple's App Store posed a challenge to the rebranding efforts.
Apple's stringent rules dictate that an iOS app name must contain a minimum number of characters. As a result, the Twitter iOS app could not be renamed to 'X,' as the name consisted of only one character.
Apple requires app names on its platform to be at least two characters in length. While iOS app names can be up to 30 characters long, they must meet this minimum requirement to be accepted in the App Store. Consequently, Twitter's attempt to rename its iOS app to 'X' failed due to this restriction.
But in the past few hours, the determination of Twitter's owner Elon Musk and the prospect of losing thousands of users must have been frightening, as even the world giant Apple changed its App Store policy for X.
First legal problems, then this
Twitter's rushed and inconsistent rebranding not only caused challenges with app stores but also raised legal and technical concerns. The change to 'X' triggered security alerts and content filtering blocks, leading to confusion and potential legal issues.
The significant obstacle lies in the fact that both Microsoft and Meta hold trademarks on the letter 'X' for social media and communication purposes. Microsoft's trademark application dates back to 2003 and was recently renewed, while Meta's trademark covers a wide range of uses, including online forums, streaming, and chat rooms.
With nearly 900 active US trademark registrations covering the letter 'X,' it is highly likely that Twitter could face legal challenges from other companies.
Users did not like this change either. Discussions both on social media and on our platform show that users want Twitter to remain Twitter.Advertisement