Telegram CEO slams Apple for App Store policies

San Francisco: Telegram’s CEO accused Apple of “destroying dreams and ruining entrepreneurship” over App Store policies.

The company charges a 30 percent fee for in-app purchases to developers who earn more than $1 million a year, MacRumors reports.

Twitter CEO Pavel Durov said in a post on his Telegram channel that Apple has notified the messaging service that it will not be able to allow content creators to accept third-party payments.

Telegram allows content creators to charge users for accessing channels or specific posts through a paywall, unlike Apple’s in-app purchase system.

According to Durov, Telegram was forced to ban paid posts and channels in its iOS version because Apple is not “satisfied with content creators who monetize their efforts without paying a 30 percent tax.”

“This is just another example of how a trillion-dollar monopolist is abusing its market dominance at the expense of millions of users trying to monetize their own content,” Durov was quoted as saying in the report.

“I hope regulators in the EU, India and elsewhere start to take action before Apple destroys more dreams and crushes more entrepreneurs with a tax that is higher than any state VAT,” he added.

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