European Union regulators accuse Apple of violating antitrust laws

Published Apr 30 2021 at 12:34 PM GMT
  • Regulators in the European Union have accused Apple of violating antitrust laws with its App Store.
  • The European Commission alleged Friday that Apple has "distorted competition" and "abused its dominant position" in the music streaming market.
  • Regulators pointed to the company mandating that developers use its in-app purchase system, under which Apple charges a fee on subscriptions, while restricting their ability to inform users about other purchasing methods, The New York Times reports.
  • "By setting strict rules on the App store that disadvantage competing music streaming services, Apple deprives users of cheaper music streaming choices and distorts competition," Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager said.
  • "This is done by charging high commission fees on each transaction in the App store for rivals and by forbidding them from informing their customers of alternative subscription options.


  • Published Apr 30, 2021 12:34 PM GMT