Apple’s 30% tax on revenue made through its App Store may have rubbed another tech giant the wrong way: Facebook. Earlier in the month, Facebook announced a new feature that allows influencers and businesses to host online events that users would need to pay to access. Apple charges a fee, typically 30%, on all purchases made through an iOS app, but Facebook hoped the iPhone maker would make an exception for this ostensibly community-oriented tool. Apple declined. On Thursday, Facebook told Reuters it tried to inform iOS users about Apple’s fee, explaining why event organizers would receive 70% of their earnings, but Apple blocked this on the basis of it being “irrelevant” information. Facebook previously said it wouldn’t take a cut of any of the money made by organizers with the tool for the next year.
“Now more than ever, we should have the option to help people understand where money they intend for small businesses actually goes,” a Facebook spokesperson said. “Unfortunately Apple rejected our transparency notice around their 30% tax but we are still working to make that information available inside the app experience.”
Apple was contacted for comment but did not immediately respond.
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