Russia’s Antimonopoly Service launches investigation into Apple

According to RIA Novosti, on October 27, local time, the Federal Antimonopoly Service of Russia launched an investigation against Apple because the software in the Apple App Store (App Store) did not inform consumers about other payment methods. Apple could face operating fines as a result.

At the end of August this year, the Russian Federal Antimonopoly Service issued a notice saying that Apple was abusing its dominant position in the application market by not informing consumers of other more favorable payment methods for goods. In response, the Russian Federal Antimonopoly Service asked Apple to stop its violations by September 30, but Apple did not take any action.

The Russian Federal Antimonopoly Service also said that Apple did not take action in response to the warnings from the relevant authorities, so it opened an investigation into its violation of the Russian Federation’s antimonopoly law. If Apple is found to have violated laws protecting fair competition, it faces operating fines.

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