China app developers accuse Apple of monopolistic behavior

Saturday 12 August 2017 | 08:03 CET | News
A group of 28 Chinese app developers has filed a complaint against Apple, accusing the US-based giant of antitrust violations over the App Store. The Chinese app developers claim Apple is engaging in monopolistic practices by removing apps from the App Store without detailed explanation and charging excessive fees for in-app purchases, The Wall Street Journal reports. The app developers also allege that Apple does not give details on why apps are removed. 

The complaint was lodged by Beijing-based Dare & Sure Law Firm, Reuters reports, citing Lin Wei, a Dare & Sure attorney. "During its localization process Apple has run into several antitrust issues ... after an initial investigation we consulted a number of enterprises and got a very strong response", the attorney said.

The law firm invited developers to join the complaint in April and filed it to China's State Administration for Industry and Commerce and the National Development and Reform Commission on 8 August. 

According to an Apple spokesperson, guidelines for publishing apps on the App Store are consistent across all countries, and the company is currently expanding its local developer relations team.

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