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Apple CEO Tim Cook lied to the US Congress

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Apple CEO Tim Cook lied to the US Congress

Cook will say that the App Store is a trusted place for users to discover apps and a means of providing a secure way for developers to make and distribute apps for all iPhone users around the world.

Apple CEO Tim Cook dinner produced his opening statement on Tuesday, in advance of the historic tech antitrust listening to before Congress, which will also characteristic the CEOs from Google, Facebook, and Amazon.

Then ClassPass received a concerning message from Apple.

The committee has amassed at least 1.3 million documents throughout the course of its investigation, held five hearings, and spent hundreds of hours conducting interviews as it investigates the big tech companies. Swedish music streaming service previous year lodged an antitrust complaint with the European Union regulators, saying iOS App Store rules are unfair.

ClassPass built its business on helping people book exercise classes at local gyms. In response, it reportedly stopped offering virtual classes through its iPhone app.

In addition, the company told the publication that if it were to waive the commission for Airbnb and ClassPass, it would be unfair for other businesses who had paid significant fees in commission for years.

The move by Apple was prompted after Airbnb's diversification into online experiences, something that Apple believes was pre-planned before the pandemic and was not driven by it. Now Apple wants a cut of digital products sold through the Airbnb and ClassPass apps, in accordance with existing policies. One high-profile example came earlier this year, when Basecamp got embroiled in a bitter battle with Apple over its 30 percent commission policy after launching its Hey email service. For Apple, this centers on its monopolistic control over the App Store.

It's not clear if these arguments, which broadly amount to saying that Apple has too much money, and is too popular, will carry weight with the EU. Apple chief executive Tim Cook gave evidence in the hearing, as did Mr Bezos. "The App Store evolves with the times, and every change we have made has been in the direction of providing a better experience for our users and a compelling business opportunity for developers". It said that its app guidelines date back to 2010.

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