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Microsoft and Meta accuse Apple of playing games with App Store rules

2024-03-20 15:29 by
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Meta Platforms Inc., Microsoft Corp., X Corp. and Match Group Inc. asked a federal judge to reject Apple Inc.'s plan for opening its App Store to outside payment options.

The four companies, which have some of the most popular apps on the app store, join Fortnite-maker Epic Games in protesting Apple's plan to charge a commission for payments made outside the app store.

Apple in January announced plans to allow developers to process purchases outside of its app store, but the company drew sharp criticism from software-makers when it said it would charge a 27% commission in such cases.

The companies explain how Apple's in-app payment requirements impact them and allegedly harm them and their users. Meta, for example, says that Apple decided in 2022 to require Meta to pay the IAP fee for its product that lets advertisers boost posts within their apps to reach more users. Meta says this change increases the costs of using the feature, which would not be the case if Meta could steer users to its own payment options.

Apple will get the chance to file a response before a hearing about enforcing the injunction on April 30th.

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