Apple critics form coalition to challenge App Store fees

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A group of Apple Inc’s critics – like Spotify, Match Group and Epic Games have joined a non-profit group that intends to advocate for regulatory and legal actions to challenge the iPhone maker’s App Store practices.

Apple charges a commission of between 15%-30% for apps which use its own in-app payment method and also sets out extensive rules for apps in its App Store, which is the only way Apple enables customers to download native apps to apparatus like the iPhone. These practices have attracted criticism and formal legal complaints from several programmers.

The Coalition for App Fairness, structured as a non-profit based in Washington, DC and Brussels, said it plans to urge legal changes that would force Apple to change. Beyond Epic, Match and Spotify Technology, additional members comprise smaller firms such as Basecamp, Blix, Blockchain.com, Deezer, and Tile, Together with programmers from Europe including the European Publishers Council, News Media Europe and Protonmail.

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Sarah Maxwell, a representative for the group, declined to comment on how much funding the Coalition for App Fairness has increased and from whom.

Apple declined to comment but on Thursday introduced a new section of its website explaining the benefits of its approach, saying it had blocked 150,000 apps annually for privacy violations. It states App Store fees finance the creation of developer resources such as 160,000 technical files and sample code to help developers build apps.

Mike Sax, creator of The App Association, a group sponsored by Apple, said in statement that the new coalition’s “big brands do not speak for the thousands of app makers that are the foundation of the app economy.”

The team at Platform Executive hope you have enjoyed this news article. Initial reporting via our official content partners at Thomson Reuters. Reporting by Stephen Nellis in San Francisco. Editing by Stephen Coates and Cynthia Osterman.

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