Facebook is complaining that Apple rejected the company's attempt to inform users that Apple would take a 30% cut of sales in Facebook's new online events feature, which has forced Facebook to remove the message to get the tool to users.
According to Facebook, Apple cited its App Store rule that prevents developers from showing ''irrelevant'' information to users. Facebook believes that it is important to help people understand where their money intended for small businesses actually goes. ''Unfortunately Apple rejected our transparency notice around their 30% tax but we are still working to make that information available inside the app experience.", the company said in a statement, which Apple hasn't yet responded to.
Facebook announced the release a new tool to help online influencers and small businesses hold paid online events as a way to offset their revenue lost due to the Covid pandemic. Facebook requested Apple to waive its 30% fee for in-app purchases so Facebook could pass on all of the revenue generated from the events to business owners, but apparently, Apple has refused to comply.
This led to Facebook's attempt to notify users of Apple's cut, which the company later had to remove, apparently due to the pressure from Apple.
This is not the first time lately that Apple's policies are being openly criticized, as Epic Games is already suing the tech giant on antitrust allegations.