Developers File Antitrust Complaint Against Apple in China

James Marshall
August 11, 2017

Apple CEO Tim Cook attends the China Development Forum in Beijing, China.

APPLE is the subject of a complaint filed by a Chinese law firm on behalf of 28 local developers on the basis that they company has breached antitrust regulations through the application of excessively expensive fees and the removal of certain apps from its local store without sufficient justification.

The WSJ reports that the developers make three specific complaints ...

In a response, Apple said if an app is rejected or removed for violating App Store guidelines there is an escalation process for all developers to ask for another review of their situation and assistance getting their app quickly back on the store.

Ge Mahe will be working to smoothen relations between the company and its Chinese audience, while also being saddled with the hard task of ensuring Apple stays out of regulator crosshairs. The law firm extends an invitation to developers in April to participate in the lawsuit, which was filed on Tuesday with China's two anti-trust regulators - the State Administration for Industry and Commerce and the National Development and Reform Commission. The crackdown saw a whopping 58,000 Chinese apps removed from its store, according to The Financial Times, which says it's likely that the complainants owned some of these apps.

Lin Wei, a lawyer with the Beijing Dare & Sure legal firm, is representing the developers in their case. "At this stage, we think complaining to the Chinese regulators to get them involved is most ideal".

"There is a lack of transparency in the App Store operation", Lin was quoted as saying. In the USA, numerous developers have complained about the company's policies in the past.

For its part, Apple issued a statement to the WSJ referring it to its terms and conditions for developers.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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