Encrypted Messaging App Telegram Files Antitrust Complaint Against Apple With EU
Apple is facing another antitrust complaint in Europe, this time from the developers of encrypted messaging app Telegram.
In a complaint to EU competition chief Margrethe Vestager, Telegram, which has more than 400m users, said Apple must "allow users to have the opportunity of downloading software outside of the App Store".
According to the paywalled report, Telegram's complaint recounts how in 2016 it was prevented from launching a gaming platform on the App Store because it was deemed to violate Apple's rules. Telegram subsequently dismantled the venture to avoid "being deleted from the App Store," and claimed that it was "an example of Apple's capacity to curb innovation thanks to its 'monpolistic power' on the app market."
The complaint follows a blog post earlier this week by Telegram founder Pavel Durov in which he takes Apple to task and lists seven "myths" that the company uses to justify its 30 percent commission on apps hosted in the App Store.