Apple is facing regulatory problems in China after a group of 28 app developers filed a complaint against the technology giant, accusing the company for “abuse of market power and App Store control”.
According to a report in the Financial Times on Thursday, Beijing-based Dare & Sure law firm filed a case of anti-competitive behaviour in China, in which Chinese regulators alleged that “Apple was abusing its control of the iOS App Store to mistreat Chinese app developers by removing their apps without good reason and levying a high charge for inapp purchases”.
“[Apple founder] Steve Jobs represented the American dream. But Apple’s unequal treatment of China’s young developers stops them from realising their China dream,” Lin Wei, the lawyer representing a group of 28 developers, was quoted as saying.
Last month, Apple removed all major VPN apps from the App Store in China. VPN service providers in China received a notification from Apple that their applications would be removed from the App Store “because it includes content that is illegal in China”.
Apple said it took the step as the country’s VPN developers did not meet the new regulations.