Mark Zuckerburg Has Called Out Apple For Their App Store Policies As Well

Meta Platforms Inc. Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg said that Apple Inc.’s App Store presents a conflict of interest, adding his voice to a flurry of criticism of the iPhone maker’s software policies. “It is problematic for one company to be able to control what app experiences end up on a device,” Zuckerberg said Wednesday in an interview at the New York Times DealBook conference. The “vast majority of profits in the mobile ecosystem go toward Apple,” he added.

There’s no love lost between Apple and Facebook. There has been a lot of tension between the two companies for years. Apple has been openly critical of how Facebook manages user privacy and has made certain changes that have hurt the company. Mark Zuckerberg has said that Apple’s policies will cost the company close to $10 billion in revenue in 2022. Zuckerberg has once again criticized Apple for its App Store policies.

As for Musk’s approach to running Twitter, Zuckerberg hedged his comments; he said he guesses that some approaches will work and others won’t. “I think it’ll be very interesting to see how this plays out,” he said. As for whether Meta will allow former US President Donald Trump back onto Facebook, as Twitter recently did, Zuckerberg said the company’s Oversight Board will handle that decision.

Wall Street has become increasingly bearish on Meta’s investment in its money-losing virtual reality business amid slowing ad revenue. Earlier this month, Zuckerberg said the company would slash more than 11,000 jobs and took personal responsibility for decisions that led to the need to cut costs. In April, Meta reported its first-ever quarterly revenue drop.

The interview Wednesday began with a recorded conversation between Zuckerberg and the moderator as avatars in the immersive digital world the company calls the metaverse. Still, Zuckerberg said the idea that Meta is wholly focused on the metaverse is “basically wrong.” Messaging program WhatsApp will be his next major monetization target, he said, as that platform is “largely untapped.”

He cited progress in Reels, the company’s short video feature, saying some estimates show it has half the traffic of viral video-sharing app TikTok outside of China. Zuckerberg also raised the issue of TikTok’s ownership by Beijing-based ByteDance Ltd., adding that there are “real questions” about the influence of China’s government on TikTok. “In a lot of countries, all data goes to the government,” the CEO said.

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