Facebook wrote in a blog post: “We have asked Apple for a 30% tax reduction on the App Store or allow us to provide Facebook Pay so we can cover all the costs of businesses in need. in COVID-19. “Unfortunately, they rejected both our request and SMBs will only be paid 70% of their hard earned sales.”
The social network said it plans to notify users in its app that Apple is cutting their purchases by 30%, and that it has submitted the update to Apple for approval and is awaiting a response. Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
On Facebook’s Android website and app, events use Facebook Pay, so business owners receive the full amount, according to the company.
“What we are promoting is that all tech companies who can do so, join us in supporting small businesses,” Facebook Vice President Fidji Simo said during a call with reporters. on Friday.
The move makes Facebook the latest tech giant to flock to Apple as it faces antitrust scrutiny over its App Store policies. It came a day later Forte manufacturer Epic sued iPhone maker after it kicked Fortnite exiting the App Store for an attempt to bypass 30% of Apple’s commissions. Since then, Spotify and the Match Group owners of Tinder have issued statements supporting EPic’s fight against Apple’s “unfair” policies.
But this isn’t the first time that disagreement between Facebook and Apple has been made public. Apple has repeatedly criticized Facebook for its privacy policies, and Apple has outlined Facebook’s internal apps shortly after it was found violating the rules for business apps. Karma.
Simo said the new event feature aims to help businesses most hurt by the COVID-19 shutdown. This feature will use Facebook Live and is also being tested with Messenger Rooms. It will be available in 20 countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia, for pages that meet its monetization rules.