- Zuckerberg wants American government to put more scrutiny on Apple
- Facebook CEO praised Google for allowing developers to sideload their apps on its ecosystem
- Apple’s App Store rules deserve scrutiny
- European Commission has opened an investigation against App Store rules.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said that Apple’s App Store ‘deserves scrutiny’. He said he considers Apple a monopoly deserving of investigation.
Zuckerberg is worried that iOS 14 privacy changes will make ad-tracking harder. Although, the ad industry has already developed a workaround to address the challenge.
Apple faces numerous antitrust investigations around the world. Apple is the target of some investigations lately. These include copy-acquire-kill strategies, overbearing management of apps, and its monopoly over the App Store.
Why More Scrutiny of apple?
Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg is pressing lawmakers to scrutinize Apple. People familiar with discussions claim that he has pushed for greater scrutiny of both TikTok and Apple.
Cupertino, a California-based Apple app store “blocks innovation and competition”. It also “allows Apple to charge monopoly rents”.
Apple has unilateral control over iPhones in terms of the apps. Probably about 50% of Americans own smartphones, and over a billion own Apple devices.
Why does Zuckerberg want scrutiny of Apple?
Facebook has been under pressure itself for possible antitrust violations. Also, it was criticized for allowing misinformation and conspiracy theories on its platforms.
Facebook is currently one of four tech firms, including Apple, Alphabet, and Amazon that are scrutinized by Congress for violating antitrust regulations. In the case of Facebook, the company might be asked to break up Facebook, Messenger, WhatsApp, and Instagram.
Zuckerberg has complained that Apple does not have to deal with the same amount of scrutiny that Facebook does. Zuckerberg says Apple is used by millions of Americans, yet it faces very little scrutiny.