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Russia to Apple: You're Guilty of Antitrust Abuse over iOS App Monopoly


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Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) and Apple CEO Tim Cook.

Russia's competition regulator says Apple abused its dominance over iOS apps because iPhone and iPad owners can only legally install them from Apple's App Store.

Credit: Richard Drew/Reuters/AP

Russia's competition regulator has found that Apple abused its dominance over iOS apps because iPhone and iPad owners can only legally install them from Apple's App Store. 

Russia's Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) announced the decision against Apple on Monday following a request from Russian antivirus firm Kaspersky. 

Kaspersky filed a complaint with FAS in March last year, accusing Apple of using its control over the App Store and iOS apps to force Kaspersky to remove features from the Kaspersky Safe Kids iOS app. 

The removed features included app control and Safari browser blocking, which Kaspersky claimed were banned to kill competition for Apple's then new built-in Screen Time feature for helping users monitor device usage.    

 

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