Apple responds to the report of the US Congress: Strongly opposed, App Store has no monopoly

Earlier today, the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee completed an ongoing antitrust investigation into the practices of Apple, Facebook, Google and Amazon, and concluded that these technology companies are The last time “the kind of monopoly” appeared in the “era of oil tycoons and railroad tycoons” .

In a statement to MacRumors, Apple stated that it firmly disagrees with the conclusions drawn to Apple in the report that Apple does not have a dominant market share in the category in which it conducts business.

We have always stated that the review is reasonable and appropriate, but we firmly disagree with the conclusions drawn on Apple in this employee report. Our company does not occupy a dominant market share in any category in which we conduct business. Starting with only 500 apps 12 years ago, we have built the App Store into a safe and trustworthy place for users to discover and download apps, and provide support for developers to create and sell global apps. Today, the App Store houses nearly two million apps. It has fulfilled this promise and reached the highest standards of privacy, security, and quality. The App Store has facilitated new markets, new services and new products that were unimaginable more than a decade ago, and developers are the main beneficiaries of this ecosystem. In the United States last year alone, the App Store facilitated $138 billion in commercial transactions, of which more than 85% of the amount went to third-party developers. Apple’s commission rate is firmly in the mainstream of other application stores and game markets. Competition drives innovation, and innovation has always been our definition of Apple. We tirelessly provide customers with the best products, with security and privacy as the core, and we will continue to do so.

Apple plans to further refute the allegations imposed by the Antitrust Subcommittee against the company in the near future.

Naijatechnews understands that the report classifies Apple, Google, Facebook, and Amazon as one category, and says that these four companies “have common problems”, such as controlling market access, charging excessive fees, and imposing coercive contract terms , And use its dominant position to shut out competitors to maintain market power.

The 450-page full text of the report issued by the U.S. government puts forward some suggestions on future antitrust laws and practices. If they are finally adopted, it will have an impact on Apple.

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