Apple declined to testify at an April hearing before the US Senate Judiciary Committee over mobile app stores and digital competition.
And in Message Addressed to Apple to urge it to change its position, Senators wrote: Apple had known for weeks that the subcommittee was planning to hold a hearing on the matter and had been in discussions with our staff about who would testify on its behalf, however, just over two weeks before the scheduled hearing, it suddenly announced They will not present any witnesses to testify at the hearing.
And he said Senators (Amy Klobuchar) Amy Klobuchar and (Mike Lee) Mike Lee: The company suddenly decided not to testify before the hearing on digital markets, which focuses on the app store app and Google app store.
A spokeswoman for Senator Kloppchar said: Google had agreed to testify at the subcommittee hearing.
App makers have long accused Apple and Google of engaging in anti-competitive behavior by taking specific percentages of profits and setting strict inclusion rules.
Apple’s app store practices have come under intense scrutiny by lawmakers over the past year.
And in 2019, the House Judiciary Committee launched an investigation into competition in technology, including the Apple App Store.
Throughout the investigation, lawmakers focused on the 30 percent fee that Apple charges app developers.
The criticism extends to the app developers themselves, as Fortnite developer Epic Games filed a lawsuit against Apple last year, accusing the company of violating US antitrust laws after it removed the popular game from the app store.
And the senators wrote: Apple’s sudden change of course by refusing to provide a witness to testify before the Subcommittee on competition issues in the App Store in April is unacceptable when the company is clearly willing to discuss it in other public forums, and we strongly urge Apple to reconsider. Its position and presenting a witness to testify before the subcommittee in a timely manner.