HomeWinBuzzer NewsEU Antitrust Chief Raises Concerns Over Apple and Meta's New Fee Structures

EU Antitrust Chief Raises Concerns Over Apple and Meta’s New Fee Structures

EU warns Apple and Meta over fees that could hurt competition. Apple's core tech fee and Meta's fee changes are being investigated


The 's antitrust chief, Margrethe Vestager, has issued a warning to tech giants and regarding their recent adjustments in fee structures.  Vestager told Reuters that the changes may potentially conflict with the objectives of the Digital Markets Act (DMA), designed to enhance consumer choice and ensure a more competitive digital market landscape. Apple's introduction of a core technology fee and Meta's adjustment of subscription fees for and are at the heart of these concerns.

Apple's Fee Structure Under Scrutiny

In January, Apple announced several modifications aimed at aligning with the DMA, including a new fee policy that imposes a 50 euro cents charge per user account annually on major app developers, irrespective of their use of Apple's payment services. This move has drawn criticism from various industry players, including Epic Games, for potentially discouraging the use of alternative services and thus undermining the DMA's goals. Vestager highlighted the importance of investigating whether Apple's fee structure could deter the utilization of DMA's benefits.

Meta's Approach and the Importance of Dialogue

Meta Platforms' recent decision to reduce its monthly subscription fees for Facebook and Instagram from 9.99 euros to 5.99 euros has also attracted attention. However, privacy activist Max Schrems argues that the issue extends beyond the fee amount, pointing to the broader implications for data-driven advertising and user privacy. Vestager emphasized the need for ongoing discussions with Meta to explore alternative monetization strategies that align with the DMA's principles, ensuring and fostering a competitive digital environment.

In addition to fee concerns, Vestager warned against practices that might discourage users from exploring rival services, such as making unfounded claims about security risks. Such behavior could prompt further investigations to ensure compliance with the DMA and protect consumer interests.

Feedback from developers and third parties will play a crucial role in determining the necessity of launching investigations into the six companies subject to the DMA. Vestager's remarks underscore the 's commitment to enforcing the DMA and ensuring that the digital market remains open and competitive.

Luke Jones
Luke Jones
Luke has been writing about all things tech for more than five years. He is following Microsoft closely to bring you the latest news about Windows, Office, Azure, Skype, HoloLens and all the rest of their products.

Recent News