Apple said on Saturday it would allow developers of dating apps in the Netherlands to offer non-Apple payment options to their users, complying with an order from the country’s market regulator to do so by January 15 or face fines. Is.
The country’s authority for consumers and markets, in a decision published on December 24, found that Apple specifically targeted its marketplace by requiring dating app developers, including Tinder owner Match Group, to use Apple’s in-app payment system. The situation was misused.
Apple’s practice of using its system and paying commissions of 15–30 percent to developers on purchases of digital goods has come under scrutiny from regulators and lawmakers around the world, but the Dutch rule dating only to the Netherlands and Applies to apps.
in a post On its developers blog on Saturday, Apple said it would comply with the decision and that “two optional new rights will apply specifically to dating apps on the Netherlands App Store that provide additional payment processing options for users”.
However it noted that developers were not required to use non-Apple tools, and warned that Apple would not be able to help protect or refund payments that took place outside its system because it was “not directly aware of them”. Will happen”.
Apple is appealing against the Dutch decision.
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