August 14, 2020

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Telegram rails against 'colossal' App Store cut in EU antitrust complaint

Secure messaging platform Telegram has become the third big developer to file an antitrust complaint against Apple in the European Union, railing against Apple’s control and fees on the App Store.

Filed on Thursday morning, Telegram’s complaint with the European Commission is mostly focused on Apple’s fees and rules it implements in the App Store. Specifically cited were Telegram’s attempt to open a gaming platform in 2016, that Apple shut down, claiming it violated app store rules.Telegram says that because of Apple’s rejection, the company as a whole “risked being deleted from the App Store.” It isn’t clear why the company believes this is the case, as apps can be rejected during the App Store review process, without impacting other apps that a company has developed. At present, no supporting documents are publicly available to validate this claim.

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