Russia fines Apple $12 million for app market abuse

Russia’s Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) said on Tuesday it had fined U.S. tech giant Apple $12 million for alleged abuse of its dominant position in the technology market. mobile apps.

The FAS said that Apple’s distribution of mobile apps through its iOS operating system resulted in a competitive advantage for its own products.

Apple said it disagrees with the ruling and will appeal in due course, the TASS news agency reported.

Western technology companies have come under increasing pressure in Russia in recent months.

Social network Twitter was punitively slowed down for failing to remove content Moscow says is illegal, while Alphabet-owned Google (NASDAQ: GOOGL ), Facebook (NASDAQ: FB ) and TikTok have come under fire.

“On April 26, 2021, the Russian FAS imposed a billing fine on Apple Inc (NASDAQ: AAPL ) of 906.3 million rubles ($12.1 million) for violating antitrust law,” the FAS said in a statement. a statement.

The FAS investigation followed a complaint from cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab, which claimed that Apple’s operating system rejected a new version of its Safe Kids app.

The FAS statement referred to August 2020, when it found that Apple abused its dominant position and said it would issue an order requiring the company to address regulatory violations.

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