Apple’s iOS platform suspends collecting 30% commissions for corporate online activities, and will resume collection in 2021

On Friday, local time in the United States, announced that it will suspend the 30% commission for paid virtual activities hosted on the platform. This decision applies not only to Facebook, but also to any online paid activities of small businesses.

Apple confirmed that due to the huge pressure that the company faces from the new crown epidemic, the company has suspended commissions. This arrangement will last until December 31, but does not apply to game developers. The company also clarified that the 30% commission does not apply to ticketing for real-world events, and only applies to events held in a virtual manner in the App Store app.

In August of this year, the social media giant Facebook launched Facebook Pay, a payment service for online activities of small and medium-sized enterprises, and promised not to charge fees until next year. But Apple blocked this service from Facebook because it was unable to get a 30% commission.

Before this news was released, Facebook publicly pressured Apple to change its position. It even submitted an iOS app update and publicly stated in the event payment process that “Apple charges 30% commission . 

Facebook spokesperson Joe Osborne (Joe Osborne) said: “For small businesses and creators, this is a difficult time, which is why we will not pay for online payment when the community is closed due to the epidemic. Any fees will be charged during the event. Apple has agreed to provide a short respite of three months, but after that, struggling companies will have to pay 30% of the full Apple tax again.”

When asked about this change, Apple provided the following statement: “The App Store provides a great business opportunity for all developers. They use it to reach 500 million visitors in 175 countries and regions every week. In order to ensure that every developer can create and develop a successful business, Apple maintains a set of clear and consistent guidelines that are equal to everyone.”