Russia’s competition watchdog says Apple abused mobile app market dominance

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Russian competition watchdog FAS has said that Apple has abused its dominant position in the mobile programs market through its App Store for iOS devices and will issue an order demanding that the company resolve regulations breaches.

An Apple spokesman said the company plans to appeal against the FAS judgment.

The Russian ruling comes against the backdrop of European Commission investigations into Apple and the App Store’s rules, including requirements that program developers use its own in-app purchase system.

The FAS mentioned the need to download apps for the Apple’s iOS operating system through its App Store. It also said that Apple has unlawfully reserved rights to block any third-parties’ apps from the App Store.

It said that Apple had released version 12 of its own parental control app, Screen Time, which had similar functions to the Kaspersky programme. Parental control apps allow parents to control their children’s phone and tablet usage.

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The team at Platform Executive hope you have enjoyed this news article. Initial reporting via our content partners at Thomson Reuters. Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin and Nadezhda Tsydenova. Editing by David Goodman.

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