Tesla CEO Elon Musk slammed the app fees charges by Apple stores and termed them as a “global tax on the internet”.
This issue was raised first by Epic Games, makers of 'Fortnite' which had sued Apple alleging that the iPhone maker had abused its power over developers by forcing them to use Apple in-app payment technology, which charges commissions of 15 percent to 30 percent.
"Apple app store fees are a de facto global tax on the Internet. Epic is right," Musk said in a tweet.
Apple app store fees are a de facto global tax on the Internet. Epic is right.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 30, 2021
Apple is battling a lawsuit filed last year by Epic Games, alleging that the iPhone maker has abused its dominance in the market for mobile apps. Epic broke Apple's rules when it introduced its own in-app payment system in "Fortnite" to circumvent Apple's commissions, according to Reuters.
On Friday, Musk said that though he likes using Apple products, the iPhone maker is "overcharging with App Store".
Actually, I like & use Apple products.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 30, 2021
They are just obviously overcharging with App Store. I mean 30% fees for doing almost zero incremental work is completely unreasonable.
Epic wouldn’t bother processing their own payments if App Store fees were fair.
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