According to The Wall Street Journal, the US Department of Justice is expanding its investigation into Apple. The investigation is related to Apple’s App Store policies and whether they are anti-competitive, which has long been a government concern.
The Justice Department has begun questioning Apple’s competitors and app developers about their interactions with the company. According to reports, the Justice Department is questioning both Apple’s competitors and app developers about their interactions with the company.
Furthermore, the Justice Department is looking into Apple’s in-app payment policies and whether they give the company an unfair advantage over competitors. Many app developers have claimed that Apple’s 30 per cent cut on in-app purchases is excessive, and this has been a point of contention for some time.
The investigation comes at a time when Apple’s App Store policies are under increased regulatory scrutiny. The European Union launched an antitrust investigation into the company in 2020, and a bipartisan group of US lawmakers introduced legislation to encourage competition in the app marketplace.
The investigation emphasizes the growing focus on technology companies and their market power, with antitrust regulators around the world scrutinizing their business practices. The outcome of the Justice Department’s investigation could have serious ramifications for Apple’s App Store policies, leading to changes in how the company operates its App Store.
The sources for this piece include an article in Reuters.