Saturday, 15 August 2020 19:25
I wrote – Menna Allah Gamal:
The social media giant has launched a new events feature where companies can create events online.
Fiji Simo, vice president, president of the Facebook app, said in a blog that the company had asked Apple to reduce the app store tax but they refused.
Simo added in the blog post: “We have asked Apple to reduce the App Store tax by 30% or allow us to provide Facebook Pay so that we can absorb all costs for companies that are struggling during the Coronavirus, unfortunately, they refused our requests, and SMEs will receive only 70% of Its hard-earned revenue. ”
Facebook made it clear that it would not make any money from these events at least until next year, and added that for transactions on the web and on Android in the countries where we launched Facebook Pay, small businesses will retain 100% of the revenue they earn from paid events online, and Google decided Also not taking any
Fee from these events on Facebook.
Facebook is clearly painting Apple as evil, and a company is not willing to cut app store fees to help small and medium businesses.
In fact, in a photo shared from the app by Facebook, it clearly states that “Apple takes 30% of this purchase, on the iOS version, in the Android version of the app, users will see the message“ Facebook is not taking a fee for this purchase ”.
Apple came under pressure from several big-name app developers to reduce app store fees, Fortnite developer Epic Games sued Apple to block the app for similar reasons as well.
It will be interesting to see if and how Apple reacts to hidden Facebook criticisms.