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Elon Musk calls Apple’s App Store fees a ‘de facto global tax on the Internet’

Elon Musk has had a busy Friday on Twitter. After flatly denying that he has ever spoken to Apple CEO Tim Cook in response to a wild story alleging he demanded to take over as the firm’s CEO as a part of an acquisition supply, Musk has now tweeted his assist of Epic Video games’ struggle in opposition to Apple over App Store insurance policies.

“Apple app retailer fees are a de facto global tax on the Web,” he said. “Epic is true.”

Epic is at the moment embroiled in a legal battle with Apple, arguing that its App Store guidelines, which permit Apple to take a 30 p.c fee on many transactions on the App Store, are unfair and anti-competitive.

Maybe aiming to reap the benefits of the huge highlight Musk is bringing to the struggle by tweeting about it to his 58.7 million followers, CEO Tim Sweeney, who has been a vocal opponent of Apple on Twitter, posted his newest salvo in opposition to the iPhone maker simply 25 minutes after Musk’s tweet. “In the future all bodily items can have a digital presence, and Apple will tax and gatekeep world commerce,” Sweeney said. “Apple should be stopped.”

Apple has not replied to a request for remark. Epic pointed The Verge to Sweeney’s tweet.

Epic confronted off with Apple in courtroom for a lot of the month of Might, and whereas we’re nonetheless awaiting a verdict on the lawsuit, the trial itself revealed all sorts of interesting information. Epic has additionally filed an antitrust suit against Google over Play Store insurance policies, although that case is transferring extra slowly.

Replace July thirtieth, 3:28PM ET: Added that Epic pointed us to Sweeney’s tweet.

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