Apple And Google Participate In-App Store Antitrust Hearing And Face Hefty Fines

Apr 22, 2021 News

Apple And Google Participate In-App Store Antitrust Hearing And Face Hefty Fines

On April 22, a member of the U.S. Senate at the 'App Market Antitrust Hearing' questioned whether Apple and Google had monopolistic behaviour in mobile applications and whether there was any abuse of one's power unreasonably infringe on the interests of opponents.

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Apple

Amy Klobuchar, the Democratic leader of the U.S. Senate on antitrust issues, said that Apple and Google could use their market positions to 'reject or suppress applications that compete with their products' and 'charge high fees.' Affect competition'. Both companies will take a high 30% share from digital transactions, causing this part of the cost to be passed on to consumers. It is the case for the previous 'Fortnite' incident. Game developer Epic Games sued Apple in August 2020 because the company's popular game 'Fortnite' was removed from the Apple App Store due to the implementation of an unauthorized payment system.

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Google

Regarding monopolistic behaviour, Apple and Google spokespersons said at the hearing that their strict control of the app store and revenue sharing policy is necessary to implement security measures and pay corresponding fees to protect consumption. The person is protected from malicious applications and behaviours. Some netizens feel that Apple's application evaluation process is highly opaque. Apple's FindMy program is the default program of the iPhone. This program restricts users from obtaining data about their products.



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