Apple to Provide Other Payment Methods in Dating Apps Says Dutch Watchdog

Dutch’s antitrust regulator, the Authority for Consumers and Markets (AMC) says that tech giant Apple Inc. (AAPL) will be providing different payment methods in Netherlands for Dutch dating apps, this development will bring to a close a dispute which would have resulted to Apple getting fined 50 million euros ($52.58 million).

Following this concession the antitrust regulator says the company will meet the requirement it had set under the European Union and Dutch competition rules.

In the digital economy, powerful companies have a special responsibility to keep the market fair and open. Apple avoided that responsibility, and abused its dominant position vis-à-vis dating-app providers,” said ACM’s board chairman, Martijn Snoep.

For far too long, Apple has subjected its customers to use its in-app payment system, which charges commissions of up 30%. Some developers have been arguing that this commission rate is too high.

Last year, ACM declared that Apple’s rules violated Dutch competition laws in the dating app market further directing the iPhone manufacturer to allow developers use third-party payment processors.

We are glad that Apple has finally brought its conditions in line with European and Dutch competition rules,” added Snoep.

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