Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in an interview said that Apple App Store deserves scrutiny and that Apple has unilateral control over what gets on phones in terms of apps. “Well I certainly think that they have the unilateral control of what gets on the phones in terms of apps,” Zuckerberg in an interview with Axios said. “I think it’s probably about 50% of Americans who have smartphones, and a lot more people around the world. I think there are more than a billion Apple devices. So I do think that there are questions that people should be looking into about that control of the App Store and whether that is enabling as robust of a competitive dynamic.”
Zuckerberg further said that developers can at least get their apps on devices, that is side load them even if they are not listed on Google Play Store which is really important.
“As a developer if you’re not in the Google Play Store, at least you still have a way to get your app on people’s devices. And that means that people aren’t completely going to be shut out if they’re doing something that Google doesn’t prefer. I think that that’s really important, that people have a way to create something and get it on devices if people want,” Zuckerberg said.
When asked if regulators should look more into Apple App Store policies Zuckerberg said, “I think I’m not necessarily the person to answer that, so I’m just trying to be sensitive to that, but I think some of the behaviour certainly raises questions and I do think it’s something that deserves scrutiny, and they’re getting scrutiny for it,” Zuckerberg said.
Last month, Apple asked Facebook to remove a message from the new online events feature on Facebook that notified users about 30 per cent that Apple demands from developers for listing apps on the App Store.
Mark Zuckerberg has been vocal about his qualms with the Cupertino, California-based tech giant. Last month, in a webcast to 50,000 Facebook employees called out Apple App Store’s policies. Zuckerberg said that Apple’s App Store blocks innovation, blocks competition and allows Apple to charge monopoly rents. According to a report by BuzzFeed, Zuckerberg was answering one of the employee’s questions who asked about Apple’s policies related to gaming apps. “That’s innovation that could really improve people’s lives. And Apple’s just balking at it,” Zuckerberg said.
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