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Apple to voluntarily correct unfair commission policy in app market: FTC

Economy 16:00 November 22, 2022

By Kang Yoon-seung

SEOUL, Nov. 22 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's antitrust regulator said Tuesday U.S. tech giant Apple Inc. has expressed its intention to voluntarily correct its commission policy, which ends up charging more for local app developers.

The move came after the Fair Trade Commission (FTC) launched a probe into Apple amid criticism that the company charges commission fees based on the consumer price inclusive of value-added tax only on South Korean developers.

"In September, the FTC promptly launched a probe following reports that Apple charges unfair commissions on only local app developers," Chairperson Han Ki-jeong told reporters during his visit to NCSOFT Corp., a major South Korean online and mobile game developer.

The FTC said that while overseas app developers paid a 30 percent commission to Apple, local firms were asked to pay a 33 percent rate, as they were charged based on the price that includes a 10 percent value-added tax.

"Recently, Apple said it will voluntarily correct the problematic action by January next year," Han added. "Should Apple fix it well, it will ease difficulties of domestic app developers to some extent."

The chairperson said that the FTC will continue monitoring fair practices in the app market and establish an ecosystem that benefits both operators and developers.

Apple products are displayed at a store in central Seoul in this file photo taken on Oct. 7, 2022. (Yonhap)

Apple products are displayed at a store in central Seoul in this file photo taken on Oct. 7, 2022. (Yonhap)

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