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Apple hit with antitrust probe in India over app store fees

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Apple is facing an antitrust investigation worldwide for allegedly abusing the app market in India and joining the company’s regulatory problems.

The Indian Competition Commission said on Friday that a 30 per cent commission levied on Apple manufacturers will increase unfair costs for both app developers and consumers. The commission said the payments will serve as a barrier to entry for new developers.

India is also investigating allegations of poor conditions at the country’s iPhone manufacturing plants – now the latest front in a global fight over Apple App Store commissions.

EU regulators are investigating antitrust policy talks in Washington and payments that are at the heart of an ongoing legal battle in California between Fortnite maker Epic Games and Apple.

In addition, South Korea recently passed a law requiring both Apple and Google to evade payments using their payment systems.

Apple did not immediately respond to a request from The Post to comment on the Indian investigation, but Acesparks reported that the company denied the allegations in a December regulatory document that its market share in the country was too small to prevent abuse of power. stressed that. .

Apple CEO Tim Cook with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The Indian Competition Commission denied the allegations and ordered the investigation department to complete an investigation into the company and submit a report within 60 days. The watchdog is conducting a separate investigation into Google’s in-app payment system as part of a broader investigation into the company following complaints from Indian startups last year.

It is unclear how Apple could be penalized if the company is found to have violated India’s antitrust laws.

After a social media site called a representative of the country’s ruling party “manipulated media” last year, Indian officials agreed with Twitter and continued until police were sent to their New Delhi office.

Apple India
According to the Indian Antitrust Authority, Apple’s app store fees are unfairly increasing costs for app developers and consumers.

With post wires

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