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Russia Fines Apple $ 12 Million For Monopolistic Practices | Voice Of America

Russia has fined Apple a $ 12 million fine, claiming that the tech giant has engaged in monopolistic activities. The Russian Federal Antitrust Service (FAS) said on Tuesday that Apple was gaining an unfair advantage over other companies through its app store. “Apple was found to have abused its dominant position in the iOS distribution market … resulting in a competitive advantage for its own products,” the FAS said in a statement. Facebook accuses Apple of anticompetitive conduct over privacy changes The iPhone maker’s iOS14 operating system will limit the apps’ ability to collect data from people’s phones that can be used for targeted advertising. The failure was triggered by a complaint from Russia-based cybersecurity company Kaspersky Lab, which claimed that Apple had rejected a version of its Safe Kids app. “We worked with Kaspersky to make their application comply with the rules that were established to protect children,” Apple said in a statement. “They now have 13 apps on the App Store and we have processed hundreds of updates for them.” Apple reportedly responded that it “respectfully did not agree” with the FAS decision and said it plans to appeal. Earlier this month, Russia began enforcing a law requiring devices sold in Russia to come with pre-installed home software. The legislation was meant to boost Russian tech companies. Apple will not pay $ 15 trillion to Ireland Intro: A European Union court ruled on Wednesday that the tech giant Apple does not have to pay $ 15 billion in back taxes to Ireland. Leonardo Bonett with more details, from the Voice of America, in Washington. Critics say the law is an attempt by the Russian government to control the Internet. Starting in July, companies that don’t comply could face fines. Western tech companies have faced pressure from Moscow. For example, Russia slowed down Twitter, saying the company was not acting fast enough to remove certain content not allowed in Russia. In recent times, Facebook and Google have also come under increased scrutiny. Connect with the Voice of America! Subscribe to our YouTube channel and activate notifications; or, follow us on social networks: Facebook, Twitter

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