Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Says Apple Is Charging ‘Monopoly Rents’

Apple is at the center of more than a few avenues of attention relating to the way it deals with its partners and developers right now and Facebook is getting in on the act, too. There was a recent company-wide meeting with Zuckerberg asked about the tensions between Apple and other companies, including Epic and Microsoft.

Zuckerberg’s response left there little room for misunderstanding, saying that the App Store “blocks innovation” during the webcast with 50,000 Facebook employees.

[Apple has] this unique stranglehold as a gatekeeper on what gets on phones,” Zuckerberg said to more than 50,000 employees via webcast. He added that the Cupertino, California-based company’s app store “blocks innovation, blocks competition” and “allows Apple to charge monopoly rents.”

“That’s innovation that could really improve people’s lives,” Zuckerberg said on Thursday. “And Apple’s just balking at it.”

Buzzfeed, which shared details of the meeting, says that Zuckerberg also took the chance to further complain about Apple’s upcoming iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 updates, both of which will cause Facebook and its ad partners problems. The updates will force apps to request a user’s permission before tracking them. Facebook and Zuckerberg are obviously less than keen on that idea.

Apple is set to release iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 to the public within the next few weeks. Both updates are now in the hands of developers and those who are registered with Apple’s public beta program.

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