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Telegram Filed A Complaint With The EU Antitrust Authorities Against Apple

Telegram Filed A Complaint With The EU Antitrust Authorities Against Apple

Telegram messenger, which is used by more than 400 million people in the world, has filed a complaint with the European Commission regarding a possible violation of the US Corporation Apple competition rules relating to the App Store.

The company's appeal addressed to the Deputy Head of the European Commission (EC) responsible for competition issues, Margrethe Vestager, in particular, says that Apple should "allow users to be able to download software outside the App Store."

Telegram founder Pavel Durov previously drew attention to the fact that Apple is trying to justify an unreasonably high Commission of 30% for app developers. "Every quarter, Apple withdraws billions of dollars from third-party app authors. However, the cost of hosting and moderation of applications is calculated not in billions, but tens of millions of dollars. We at Telegram know this because we host and moderate more publicly available content than the App Store. Maintaining any large video platform requires more servers and moderators than the content of the application catalog," the publication quotes Durov in the Telegram channel.

EU antitrust authorities have already begun reviewing a complaint from Japanese Internet company Rakuten that Apple charges a 30 percent commission for selling its e-books through the app store while promoting its own Apple Books product. According to a subsidiary of Rakuten Kobo, it loses revenue by forcing customers to go to its website to buy e-books without Apple's Commission.

This complaint is similar, according to the newspaper, to an appeal to the European Commission in March last year, the Internet audio streaming service Spotify, which accused Apple of using the App Store to promote its music service to the detriment of competitors.

According to the EC's Deputy head of competition, Margrethe Vestager, "it seems that Apple is playing the role of "watchdog" when it comes to distributing apps and content to users of popular devices." "We must ensure that Apple's rules do not distort competition in markets where Apple competes with other app developers, such as its Apple Music service or Apple Books. Therefore, I decided to carefully study the App Store rules and their compliance with EU competition rules," she said.

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