Apple: antitrust investigation in Russia on the App Store
Apple ends up under the magnifying glass of theantimonopoly agency in Russia which has officially opened aAntitrust investigation on the App Store of the house in Cupertino. The American company had already been warned by the government agency of the possible launch of an investigation into the possible abuse of a dominant position. According to Reuters, Apple had until September 30 to respond to the agency’s findings. The answer has not arrived and the investigation has officially started.
Apple comes under antitrust investigation in Russia due to some restrictions imposed on developers
At the moment, Apple has not commented on the news. The antitrust investigation into Apple and its App Store in Russia could lead to a sanction linked to the revenues recorded in Russia. At the moment, Reuters points out, it is not clear the amount of the fine that could affect Apple in the future. Over the next few days, further details may emerge on the matter with the actual launch of the official investigation.
The findings of the Russian authorities
The AppStore antitrust investigation concerns a specific restriction Apple applies to developers. According to the Russian anti-monopoly agency, in fact, Apple cannot prohibit developers from informing users of alternative purchase options (cheaper in particular). Apple, as previously pointed out, did not respond to the instructions of the Russian authority and refused to make changes to its store.