Telegram, the messaging app, is the latest company to file a formal antitrust complaint with the EU through Apple's App Store.

In a complaint to EU competition chief Margrethe Vestager, Telegram, which has more than 400 million users, Apple said Apple must "give users the ability to download software outside the App Store."

In June, Ms. Vestager announced two antitrust investigations into Apple, one of which related to the App Store. Apple's conflicts with developers over the rules of the App Store have also increased recently.

Both Spotify and Rakuten have previously complained to the EU that the app store is a monopoly power as developers have to accept Apple terms and conditions, including a 30 percent commission for in-app purchases, to reach hundreds of millions of people Use iPhones.

Apple's App Store fees are estimated to generate more than $ 1 billion a month for the company worldwide.

In his complaint, Telegram questioned Apple's argument that the App Store commission is keeping it going.

In a post this week, Durov said, “Apple receives billions of dollars from third-party apps every quarter. The cost of hosting and reviewing these apps is in the tens of millions, not billions. We know this because we at Telegram host and review more public content than the App Store will ever do. "

The messaging app, co-founded by Russian technology entrepreneur Pavel Durov and his brother in 2013, accused Apple of stopping the innovation.

According to the telegram, Apple prevented the messaging app from launching a gaming platform in 2016 as this violated the app store rules. Telegram risked being deleted from the app store and dismantling the company.

According to the telegram, this is an example of Apple's ability to curb innovation thanks to its “monopolistic power” in the app market.

"For the same reason, Apple can charge a whopping 30 percent commission on sales of all digital services provided by the apps in the App Store, including but not limited to the sale of the apps themselves or premium service fees for those apps." added the complaint.

Apple has repeatedly denied allegations of anti-competitive behavior. In a statement before a congressional hearing, Apple CEO Tim Cook accepted the App Store review as "reasonable and appropriate," but defended his company's business practices. He said Apple believes "competition is a great virtue that fosters innovation."

The telegram, used by protesters, particularly in Hong Kong, and attacked by governments like China, previously accused Apple of blocking updates due to increasing pressure in Russia. A two-year ban on telegrams in the country has recently been lifted.

The other open EU investigation into Apple concerns Apple Pay. The investigations are expected to take several months or even years.

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