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Facebook tries to warn users about Apple 'tax,' Apple says no

2020-08-28 18:59 by
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Apple blocked Facebook from informing users that Apple would collect 30 percent of in-app purchases made through a planned new feature. Apple said the update violated an App Store rule that doesn't let developers show "irrelevant" information to users.

Facebook was launching the feature within its latest update for its app on Apple's iOS mobile operating system. The feature allows users to create for-pay online events, and is intended to help businesses and people recoup some revenue lost from activities now limited by the coronavirus pandemic. According to Facebook, it asked Apple to waive its fee for these users, but the company refused.

Facebook reportedly intended to show a message on Android that read "Facebook doesn't take a fee from this purchase," but Reuters said the message doesn't appear in the version of Facebook currently available on the Google Play Store.

"Now more than ever, we should have the option to help people understand where money they intend for small businesses actually goes. Unfortunately Apple rejected our transparency notice around their 30% tax but we are still working to make that information available inside the app experience," Facebook said.

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