Russia is apparently in the process of looking to slap a $12 million fine in Apple for allegedly abusing the dominance of its app store in the market. This marks yet another case of the brand facing charges over its app store.
In accordance with a MoneyControl report, The Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) has actually gone on to claim earlier this week that the tech giant’s distribution with respect to apps via its iOS operating system has gone on to give its very own products a rather higher competitive advantage. Apple, in response, said that it respectfully disagrees with the ruling that has followed in from FAS and also said that it would indeed appeal it. In the more recent months, the western tech giants have been under extreme scrutiny in the region, as Twitter also came under pressure after it failed to delete certain content found online.
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In similar fashion, Google, Facebook and even Tiktok have been on the receiving end of increasing pressure coming in from local government and authorities. In a statement, it was announced by the FAS that a 906.3 million Roubles (roughly 12.1 million USD) fine would be placed on Apple due to the fact that the company violated the Russian anti-monopoly legislation. Last year, the agency had found that the company had actually abused its dominant position and then issued a directive that ended up in it having to remove provisions – which then allowed it the right to reject third party apps from its app store.
This particular move coming in from the agency makes way after a complaint from the known cybersecurity based firm in Kaspersky Lab – which had actually claimed that a new version of its Safe Kids app was declined by Apple’s operating system. In response to this particular claim, Apple had actually said that it has “worked with Kaspersky to get their app in compliance with rules that were put in place to protect children. They now have 13 apps on the App Store and we have processed hundreds of updates for them.”