Elon Musk calls App Store charges “global internet tax”

On Friday, Tesla and Spacex CEO Elon Musk wrote via Twitter that Apple’s App Store fees constitute a “de facto global tax on the Internet” and that “Epic is right “.

Macrumors writes that earlier this week, Elon Musk, during a conversation with shareholders, also said that Tesla plans to let other companies use their charging stations because they do not want to “create a delimited garden” that they can use to “beat down” competitors. Elon Musk said it was a tactic used by “some companies” whereupon he pretended to cough and said “Apple”.

In a later Twitterposts by Elon Musk:

“I actually like and use Apple products.

The App Store just obviously charges a premium. I mean 30 percent for doing almost zero incremental work is completely unreasonable.

Epic would not bother to handle its own payments if the App Store’s fees were fair. “

According to Elon Musk, the situation is due to Apple and Android having a duopoly on mobile phones. And that when the different user interfaces are taken into account, it is in principle a monopoly.

He admits that there is a security issue but that it would be fair to let companies use other payment methods, especially for in-app purchases.

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