Chi­nese App De­vel­op­ers Sue Ap­ple

The Economic Times - - Around The World -

Bei­jing: Ap­ple is fac­ing reg­u­la­tory prob­lems in China af­ter a group of 28 app de­vel­op­ers filed a com­plaint against the tech­nol­ogy gi­ant, ac­cus­ing the com­pany for “abuse of mar­ket power and App Store con­trol”. Ac­cord­ing to a re­por t i n t he Fi­nan­cial Times on Thurs­day, Bei­jing-based Dare & Sure law firm filed a case of anti-com­pet­i­tive be­hav­iour in China, in which Chi­nese reg­u­la­tors al­leged that “Ap­ple was abus­ing its con­trol of the iOS App Store to mis­treat Chi­nese app de­vel­op­ers by re­mov­ing their apps with­out good rea­son and levy­ing a high charge for in­app pur­chases”.

“[Ap­ple founder] Steve Jobs rep­re­sented the Amer­i­can dream. But Ap­ple’s un­equal treat­ment of China’s young de­vel­op­ers stops them from re­al­is­ing their China dream,” Lin Wei, the lawyer rep­re­sent­ing a group of 28 de­vel­op­ers, was quoted as say­ing. Last month, Ap­ple re­moved all ma­jor VPN apps from the App Store in China. VPN ser­vice providers in China re­ceived a no­ti­fi­ca­tion from Ap­ple that their ap­pli­ca­tions would be re­moved from the App Store “be­cause it in­cludes con­tent that is il­le­gal in China”.

Ap­ple said it took the step as the coun­try’s VPN de­vel­op­ers did not meet the new reg­u­la­tions.

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