Apple and Google's app stores wield 'gatekeeper' power and should be reined in, Commerce Department says

Apple and Google's app stores wield 'gatekeeper' power and should be reined in, Commerce Department says

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  • Social media impact on kids' mental health decline 06:08 - Source: CNN Washington CNN — The Biden administration on Wednesday took its biggest swipe yet at app stores run by Apple and Google, with a new report accusing the two tech giants of exercising “gatekeeper” power that has led to “suboptimal” levels of competition in digital markets.
  • The report published by the Commerce Department finds that Apple (AAPL) and Google (GOOG) “play a significant gatekeeping role by controlling (and restricting) how apps are distributed,” and that the various fees and rules they impose on app developers has created an uneven playing field.
  • The 48-page report throws the White House’s weight behind mounting public criticism of dominant app stores, which in recent years has led to multiple private lawsuits against Apple and Google as well as investigations by antitrust regulators in Europe and reports of a probe by the Justice Department.
  • “We respectfully disagree with a number of conclusions reached in the report, which ignore the investments we make in innovation, privacy and security,” an Apple spokesperson said, “all of which contribute to why users love iPhone and create a level playing field for small developers to compete on a safe and trusted platform.”

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