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    April 23, 2021 7:17 AM +0430

    App Providers Are ‘All Afraid’ Of Apple’s And Google’s Market Power, Match Group And Spotify Tell Senate

    Executives from Apple and Google fielded accusations of anti-competitive behavior from lawmakers and other technology companies during an antitrust hearing on Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee, led by U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn. and Mike Lee, R-Utah.

    Much of the testimony was aimed at Apple’s App Store and the Google Play app marketplace, with executives from music streaming platform Spotify and online dating holding company Match Group contending that the tech giants have used their dominant positions in the app platform space to charge commissions as high as 30% of app developers’ total sales. pg slot

    Klobuchar kicked off the hearing with allegations that Apple and Google are gatekeepers who use their dominant positions to “exclude or suppress” competition. “We’re not angry about success,’’ Klobuchar said. “We simply want to make sure that capitalism keeps going in a strong, strong way. This situation, to me, doesn’t seem like that’s happening.”

    Rebutting the allegations were Apple’s chief compliance officer and vice president of corporate law, Kyle Andeer, and Google’s senior director of public policy and government relations, Wilson White. Both highlighted how their platforms have helped developers reach billions of customers worldwide.

    “When we introduced the App Store in 2008, creating software was difficult and often expensive,” said Andeer. Apple has invested “significantly” to build over 250,000 application programming interfaces for programmers to build apps on its hardware devices, he said, including iPhones and iPads. “The App Store isn’t just a store. It’s a studio stacked with canvases and brushes and paints — the tools that artists need to create their works. And it’s a gallery where they can display and sell their creations.”

    White, meanwhile, described Android as an open-source operating system, as opposed to Apple’s closed system, which he said means that developers have more freedom and flexibility to make changes to the operating systems of Google’s Android. “At Google, we believe that everyone should have equal access to the benefits of mobile devices,” said White. “And we designed Android and Google Play with freedom, openness and accessibility in mind.”

    Match Group’s chief legal officer, Jared Sine, meanwhile, sharply criticized both marketplaces as anticompetitive monopolies. “Apple and Google respond that they built the platforms and should be able to decide what business models they use,” Sine said. “I submit that the railroad companies built the railroads. The steel companies built the steel mills. The telephone companies built the telephone lines. The creators of all of these incredible innovations each made the same argument at different times. It did not justify a monopoly then, and it should not today.”