According to foreign media reports, while Epic Games openly opposes apple on the app store’s draw rules, Facebook has joined the fight for its new paid online activity function. The feature allows small businesses in 20 countries to charge Facebook users for online courses and activities. Facebook wanted apple to exempt it from 30% of its in app purchases, or let Facebook use Facebook pay to process activity payments, but Apple refused.
when business owners arrange activities on IOS through Facebook, Facebook makes it clear that Apple will take 30% of the purchase price. Facebook will exempt itself from paying for the feature “at least for the next year.”.
transactions made on the web or where Facebook pay is available on Android will allow business owners to retain 100% of the revenue generated from online paid activities. The feature is designed to allow Facebook Page owners to create an online event on Facebook, set prices, promote events, collect payments, and host events.
Facebook’s announcement for the new feature said companies “should not worry about the fees charged by the platform,” and pointed out that Apple’s fees would only allow companies to earn “70% of their hard work income.”.
other companies, including airbnb and classpass, have made similar complaints about Apple’s refusal to exempt in app fees for virtual courses and features, which have been forced to transition to the Internet due to their continued popularity.
take classpass as an example. The company usually allows users to book courses at local gyms, but it has moved its business online and started offering virtual courses. According to Apple’s app store rules, virtual courses need to provide apple with 30% of its bonus, but classpass refused to do so. Classpass eventually removed the virtual classroom from the iPhone app.
airbnb offers online experiences such as virtual cooking courses and meditation courses, and Apple also charges for them. Apple, in the name of fairness, refuses to grant special licenses to apps such as classpass, Facebook and airbnb, while other developers charge fees.