Holland issues the world's first "Apple App store monopoly penalty"

Apple's app store, especially the 30% commission (commonly known as "Apple tax"), has become the target of public criticism in the technology industry, triggering a large number of investigations by regulators.
For the first time in the world, the Netherlands may issue "Apple App store monopoly punishment"
According to reports, the Dutch government's antitrust department is about to end its investigation and make a punishment decision on apple, which may be the first regulatory decision in the world against Apple's app store.
Before that, the Dutch antitrust department had launched an investigation into Apple's App Store forcing third-party developers to use their own payment system. According to a letter recently sent to developers by the antitrust agency, the media quoted, the agency is close to making a penalty decision.
In 2019, the Dutch consumer and marketing agency (ACM) announced an investigation into apple, involving that Apple requires developers to use their own in app payment system, and then extract 15% to 30% of the revenue as a commission.
Apple tax has been strongly resented by the technology industry. Apple has been complained in many countries. Last year, after receiving complaints from several companies, the European Commission also launched an investigation into the monopoly of Apple's app store. According to reports, among the countries and regions investigated, the Netherlands is likely to become the first country in the world to make an anti-monopoly ruling on Apple's behavior.
In the letter, ACM said it was close to making a draft decision on the handling, but did not disclose what kind of handling decision it would make, such as whether Apple would be fined.
According to the letter, ACM is also investigating Apple's other suspected monopolistic practices. For example, Apple has banned IOS software developers from telling users that there are other lower cost means of payment besides IOS software (because it avoids Apple tax).
Basecamp, the software developer, also received the letter. David heinemeier Hansson, the co-founder of Basecamp, said that Apple's actions not only brought them economic losses, "Apple actually banned us."
After the Dutch antitrust investigation against Apple started, basemap and match group, another IOS developer and dating social service giant, also put forward law enforcement requirements for the Dutch government on apple.
Apple uses the exclusive control of the IOS ecosystem to collect "Apple tax" on third-party software developers. Competitors point out that Apple's own services and software (such as "Apple Music") do not need to pay commission and have lower operating costs, which constitutes a wider range of unfair competition.