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Mark Zuckerberg continues to claim that the Apple App Store costs stifle innovation, while at the same time saying it retains developer fees for augmented and virtual reality.
During an introductory Facebook Connect 2021 presentation on Thursday, Zuckerberg announced that the company, rebranded as Meta, would focus more on building a “metaverse”.
At one point during his announcement, Zuckerberg used the Oculus platform as an example of how Meta would work in the future. It wouldn’t be a programmer creating platform applications. Instead, it aims to build its own platform so it doesn’t have to pay any commissions – or be compromised when a company like Apple introduces privacy changes that cause a drop in advertising revenue.
“We also need to help build ecosystems so that millions of people can have a stake in the future and be rewarded for their work and benefits as the tide rises – not only as consumers, but also as creators and developers,” Zuckerberg said. “This period was also humiliating, because no matter how big a company we are, we’ve also learned what it’s like to build for other platforms. And living under their rules has deeply shaped my views on the technology industry.”
CEO Meta added that he began to believe that “lack of choice and high fees stifle innovation, prevent people from building new things and hamper the entire economy.”
Zuckerberg did not mention Apple or Google by name, but the comments are clearly direct to them. Both Apple and Google manage app markets and charge developers fees when customers purchase their apps.
Apple is under strict control because of its 30% commission on in-app and in-app purchases. Google also charged 30%, however, both companies have since changed their commission rates.
Zuckerberg claimed that Meta platforms, such as Oculus, would keep their fees lower for developers and creators. However, the CEO of Meta noted that some fees could be higher given the investment in the company’s new planned ecosystem.
“In order to continue investing in this future, we will have to keep some fees higher over a period of time to make sure we don’t lose too much money on this program overall,” Zuckerberg said.
Facebook is currently under fire from critics for allegedly allowing hate speech, misinformation and illegal content to spread on its platforms. Multiple document leaks and whistleblower reports suggest that Facebook (now known as Meta) is aware of these problems.
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