Apple has blocked an update to the Facebook app for iPhone and iPad that told users that Apple would take a 30% cut of in-app purchases made through a new events feature. According to Reuters, Apple claimed the change violated an App Store rule preventing developers from displaying irrelevant information in their apps.
The tool lets users and businesses host online-only events to regain revenue, and allow customers to purchase tickets directly in the event listing in the Facebook app. It’s now available but doesn’t include the disclaimer that “Apple takes 30% of this purchase”.
By publicly demonstrating the message before going to Apple’s App Review, it’s clear Facebook wanted to stimulate discussions over Apple’s anti-competitive actions and the way the company oversees apps on its platforms.
It comes after Epic Games filed a lawsuit against Apple after it removed Fortnite from the App Store for violating its rules on in-app purchases. You can stay up to date with the latest on the Epic V Apple case here.