From Reuters’ “Dutch watchdog finds Apple app store payment rules anti-competitive – sources” posted Thursday:
The Dutch antitrust authority has found that Apple’s rules requiring software developers to use its in-app payment system are anti-competitive and ordered it to make changes, four people familiar with the matter said, in the latest regulatory setback for the iPhone maker…
The Dutch investigation into whether Apple’s practices amounted to an abuse of a dominant market position was launched in 2019 but later reduced in scope to focus primarily on dating market apps. They included a complaint from Match Group, owner of the popular dating service Tinder, which said Apple’s rules were hindering it from direct communications with its customers about payments.
The Netherlands’ Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) last month informed the U.S. technology giant of its decision, making it the first antitrust regulator to make a finding the company has abused market power in the app store, though Apple is facing challenges in multiple countries.
My take: A Dallas-based internet company with a portfolio of more than 45 dating apps — including Tinder, Match.com, Meetic, OkCupid, Hinge, PlentyOfFish, Ship and OurTime — files a complaint in the birthplace of mercantile capitalism and draws Apple’s first antitrust blood. Strange.