San Francisco: After the iPhone maker refused to give up its commissions on social networks for online events that allowed people to make money during the pandemic, Facebook joined an attack on Apple’s App Store operations on Friday.
Facebook’s comments came after the video game sensational Fortnite maker Epic Games filed a lawsuit on Thursday that accused Apple of abusing its monopoly on the online market.
Facebook said that due to the new features of the platform, it will not charge any fees for paid online events that educators, entertainers, or others can organize, but Apple refuses to support the standard transaction shares processed through the App Store.
“We asked Apple to reduce its 30 percent App Store tax or allow us to offer Facebook Pay so we could absorb all costs for businesses struggling during COVID-19,” Facebook vice president Fidji Simo said in a blog post.
“Unfortunately, they dismissed both our requests and (small- and medium-size businesses) will only be paid 70 percent of their hard-earned revenue.”
Facebook launched a new paid event feature in response to the global coronavirus pandemic, which has forced many live parties to cancel.
This feature enables the Facebook Live streaming service to be used to create, promote, and host paid events ranging from concerts and cultural performances to yoga classes and cooking classes.
According to Simo, it is being tested with “More personal gatherings” in the Messenger group video chat function “Room”.
“With social distancing mandates still in place, many businesses and creators are bringing their events and services online to connect with existing customers and reach new ones,” Simo said.
Facebook criticized Apple as it scrutinized its online market policy.
Apple defended the committee to pay for managing the App Store and protecting user safety, but critics said the committee abused its power.
The latest version of Fortnite includes a payment system that allows player transactions to bypass Apple’s App Store and Google Play for transactions, thereby preventing the company from charging the usual 30% discount.
Fortnite tried to guide users on the App Store and found that it had been launched from the platform. Epic immediately filed an antitrust complaint.
The game developer called on a federal judge to order Apple to stop its “anti-competitive behavior” and invalidate the technology giant’s rules, which require app developers to pay the company 30% of the transaction.
The lawsuit stated that Epic did not seek preferential treatment, but was asking the court to order Apple to change its commission structure for all developers.
Apple stated that Fortnite was dismissed because “Epic Games unfortunately violated App Store guidelines, which are equally applicable to every developer and are designed to ensure store security for our users.”