Tinder owner files antitrust lawsuit against Apple in India

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Match, which owns Tinder, has filed an antitrust lawsuit against Apple in India, alleging monopolistic conduct that forces developers to pay high commissions for in-app purchases, according to a document seen by Reuters.

Apple is already defending a series of antitrust lawsuits around the world and Match’s request adds to two other cases in India, although it is the first foreign company to file a legal dispute against the iPhone maker in the country.

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Apple and the Competition Commission of India (CCI) did not respond to questions from Reuters, while a spokesperson for Match declined to comment on the request.

In the lawsuit, Match argues that Apple’s conduct restricts the work of app developers, imposing the use of its proprietary in-app purchase system and excessive 30% commission.

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Match argues that users in other countries often prefer to use payment methods that Apple does not allow. In India, a government-backed online transfer system was chosen.

“Apple is taking advantage of its dominant position in the iOS App Store market to promote the exclusive use of its own payment solution,” Mark Buse, Match’s head of global government relations, said in the document.

In recent years, Apple has loosened some restrictions on developers, allowing the use of communication to share information about payment options outside of its ecosystem and reducing commissions for smaller developers to 15%.

“This commission rate does not apply to apps from brands in the Match portfolio,” Match said in the lawsuit.

Apple says that in India 87% of the apps on its store don’t pay any commission.

Match also complains that Apple considers ride-hailing apps in India such as Uber and Ola as providers of “physical goods/services” and allows them to provide payment alternatives even if they perform “a similar matchmaking function” as an app. dating.

Source: CNN Brasil

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