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Elon Musk Slams Apple’s App Store Fees as ‘De Facto Global Tax on the Internet’

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Todd Spangler NY Digital EditorTech billionaire Elon Musk took a swing at Apple, siding with “Fortnite” maker Epic Games in its fight against the tech giant’s App Store policies that take a standard 30% cut of payment transactions.“Apple app store fees are a de facto global tax on the Internet.

Epic is right,” Musk, the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, wrote on Twitter.Shortly after Musk posted the tweet, Epic CEO Tim Sweeney, a longtime critic of Apple’s App Store, weighed in with a new warning that the 30% “Apple Tax” is “far more pernicious than many realize.”“‘It only applies to digital goods accessible on iOS’, they say — but in the future all physical goods will have a digital presence, and Apple will tax and gatekeep world commerce,”.

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