Group of Chinese developers launch antitrust complain over App Store policies

Group of Chinese developers launch antitrust complain over App Store policies”

A Chinese law firm has filed a complaint against Apple on behalf of 28 local developers alleging the firm breached antitrust regulations.

In a complaint filed with the National Development and Reform Commission and the State Administration for Industry & Commerce, the group, represented by Attorney Lin Wei of Beijing Dare & Sure law firm, said the U.S. tech giant violates the country's antitrust laws by removing apps from its App Store without detailed explanation and charging excessive fees for in-app purchases, the newspaper said. "After an initial investigation we consulted a number of enterprises and got a very strong response".

Apple said, in a reply to China Daily, more than 1.8 million people work on its App Store ecosystem in China, and the company invests a tremendous amount of resources providing advice and training for entrepreneurial developers. Both bodies handle antitrust matters in the country. Apple told the WSJ that its guidelines are enforced equally in all countries, and that developers are free to request a review if they disagree with a decision. Two weeks ago, the company removed several commercial VPNs from its App Store, signalling their willingness to comply with China's increasingly strict Internet laws while simultaneously setting off criticisms that the company was assisting in the government's censorship agenda.

Apple is facing accusations of anti-competitive behaviour in China, its largest market for apps, adding to the tech giant's regulatory problems in the United States and Europe.

Additional reporting from Reuters.

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