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Sunday, 25 September 2022 06:51 GMT

CEO of Telegram criticizes Apple, Google


(MENAFN) US tech giants have come under fire for abusing their dominant market position, according to Russian software entrepreneur Pavel Durov, who runs the business that created the well-known messaging app Telegram.

The most recent outburst was sparked by Apple allegedly delaying the release of a new version of Durov's messenger, which he shared on Telegram on Wednesday.

“Our upcoming update – which is about to revolutionize how people express themselves in messaging – has been stuck in Apple’s ‘review’ for two weeks, without explanation or any feedback provided by Apple,” he protested.

Before users can download the submitted code, the app store operator is supposed to check it for any potential malware and confirm that it complies with safety standards. Asserting that "one can only imagine the difficulties experienced by smaller app developers," Durov said the process was "discouraging" for his team.

“This harm goes on top of the 30% tax Apple and Google take from app developers – which, according to them, is supposed to pay for the resources needed to review apps,” the businessman highlighted. “The regulators in the EU and elsewhere are slowly starting to look into these abusive practices. But the economic damage that has already been inflicted by Apple on the tech industry won't be undone.”

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