Chinese app developers file antitrust complaint against Apple

Wall Street Journal:

A group of 28 Chinese app developers filed a complaint against Apple Inc. alleging antitrust violations over the company’s App Store.

The complaint accuses Apple of engaging in monopolistic behavior by removing apps from the App Store without detailed explanation and charging excessive fees for in-app purchases. The complaint also alleges Apple doesn’t give details on why apps are removed and puts local developers at a disadvantage by not responding to queries in Chinese.

And:

In a statement, Apple said that “most submissions in China are reviewed and approved to be on the store within 48 hours, or less.” It added that its App Store guidelines apply equally to all developers in every country and that if an app is rejected or removed, developers may request a review to restore the app in a timely manner.

The timing correlates with the mass removal of VPN apps from the App Store. A rock and a hard place, that.



  • Maybe the developers should be protesting their own government’s policies instead of shifting the blame to Apple which is attempting to play by the existing rules.

    • Mo

      And about how often do we generally hear about Chinese citizens protesting their own government’s policies?

      • Tankman.

        • Mo

          Yeah, not that often. Maybe those developers know something about the results of protesting anything over there.

          • I’m sure they do. But, this (and they) put Apple between a rock and a hard place…

          • Mo

            Doubt it. Everyone who’s paying attention knows Apple is obeying the laws of a country they wish to keep doing business in.

          • You doubt what? I agree, Apple should obey those laws. If developers are unhappy work to change the laws (my first comment).

          • Mo

            I was responding to your ellipsis. I doubt that this frivolous lawsuit is of any concern to Apple. Rock or hard place notwithstanding.

          • Ah, I used it too loosely.

  • Mo

    Hey, at least they’re not all working for Rob Glaser.

  • maxwell watson

    Yeah, not that often. Maybe those developers know something about the results of protesting anything over there.

  • caleb

    Ah, I used it too loosely.

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