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Apple gives in: commission for online events is temporarily suspended

Last updated on March 9, 2021

Facebook has urged Apple to suspend the levy. (Photo: Koshiro K / Shutterstock)

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Because of the commission of 30 percent on in-app purchases, Apple has been criticized by several companies. Apple is now suspending the fee for three months.

By the end of the year, companies selling online events through the Apple Store will no longer have to pay a commission to Apple. The 30 percent levy has been temporarily suspended, reports Reuters .

That goes for companies like Airbnb, Classpass and Facebook, but not for game developers. The exception is to relieve companies that are in financial need due to Corona.

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Criticism from Facebook worked

Apple has responded to criticism from Facebook . Facebook itself does not charge any fees for online events until at least August 2021. However, Facebook had to surrender 30 percent for tickets purchased via the iOS version of Facebook. For this, Facebook had publicly criticized Apple.

More and more app providers had protested against the levy in recent months. For example, Classpass and Airbnb did not have to pay beforehand because the fee only applies to the sale of online services. Spotify is also in a dispute with Apple over the commission and has lodged a complaint with the EU Commission about unfair competition.

Facebook has now achieved success with its emphatic criticism – at least temporarily.

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