Russia fines Apple $ 12 million for abuse in app market

MOSCOW, Apr 27 (Reuters) – Russia’s Federal Antitrust Service (FAS) said on Tuesday it had fined US tech giant Apple $ 12 million for allegedly abusing its dominant position in the US market. mobile apps.

The FAS said that Apple’s distribution of mobile applications through its iOS operating system resulted in a competitive advantage for its own products.

Apple said it disagrees with the ruling and will appeal in due course, the TASS news agency reported.

Western tech companies have come under increasing pressure in Russia in recent months.

The social network Twitter was punitively slowed down for failing to remove content Moscow says is illegal, while Alphabet-owned Google, Facebook and TikTok have come under fire.

“On April 26, 2021, the Russian FAS imposed a billing fine on Apple Inc of 906.3 million rubles ($ 12.1 million) for violating antitrust laws,” the FAS said in a statement.

The FAS investigation followed a complaint from cybersecurity company Kaspersky Lab, which claimed that Apple’s operating system rejected a new version of its Safe Kids application.

The FAS statement referred to August 2020, when it determined that Apple abused its dominant position and said it would issue an order requiring the company to resolve violations of regulations.

(1 dollar = 74.8200 rubles)

(Reporting by Alexander Marrow and Anton Kolodyazhnyy; edited in Spanish by Carlos Serrano)