Today, the online messaging app Telegram is filing a formal antitrust complaint to the European Union’s competition authority. A number of smaller companies are throwing grenades over the fence in the hope of forcing regulators on both sides of the Atlantic to intervene.
A few days back, Telegram co-founder and CEO Pavel Durov uploaded an open letter pertaining to Apple’s 30 percent tax on apps. That involves a claim that running the app store does not cost up to what Apple gains in profit, and that app store fee was not available in the PC era. Durov noted that companies also cannot simply create apps for Andriod instead, all thanks to the sheer size of iOS’ install base.
As the Financial Times Points out, it is the third great name after Spotify and Rakuten, which has influenced the EU to take action concerning the App Store’s lock-in and 30% commission. Back then, the general sentiment is that the commission it to high.
They claimed it was not allowing users to download apps from other sources is a harmful decision. It is not certain if these arguments, which openly result in saying that Apple has too much money, and is too popular, will be heavy with the EU.
After all, if Margrethe Vestager is going to build a case, she needs to show evidence that what apple is doing is making the competition harder and harming users. But even if Telegram’s argument is weak, it is clear that every developer with an org to go against Apple is going to use this as an opportunity. Telegram Is The Most Recent Company To File An Antitrust Complaint Against Apple.