The U.S. Justice Department could investigate Apple

The U.S. Justice Department could investigate Apple

The U.S. Department of Justice is considering conducting an investigation into Apple and would have jurisdiction to conduct such an investigation, according to a report from Reuters. The action would be part of a broader review to see if technology giants are using their power to infringe antitrust laws.

A few weeks ago, the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) held a meeting during which they agreed to give the Department of Justice the necessary jurisdiction to conduct antitrust investigations into Apple and Google, the latter owned by Alphabet Inc.

According to Reuter's sources, the FTC was also granted jurisdiction to investigate Amazon and Facebook. However, it is not yet clear what the most important concerns are when considering an investigation into the Cupertino company.

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Apple could be under investigation very soon / © Anton_Ivanov/Shutterstock

Companies like Spotify have criticized the iPhone manufacturer for its practices, describing its behavior as "anti-competitive" in a complaint filed with the European Union's antitrust bodies. Part of Spotify's reason for its claim is a 30% fee charged by Apple to content-based service providers for using the system created by Apple for in-app purchases.

To date, Apple has not yet taken a position on the matter, nor has it responded to requests for comments on the subject.

The company defended its practices, stating in the past that it only collects a commission if a good or service is sold through an app. It also previously stated that "[o]ur users trust Apple - and that trust is critical to how we operate a fair, competitive store for developer app distribution".

What do you think? Do you think Apple is committing antitrust violations, and that the investigation is founded? What about the manufacturer's products? Will the suspicions undermine the stability of Apple, and therefore, its products? Let us know what you think in the comments below!

Source: Reuters

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    Yes, I expect the government to keep an eye on every one of these companies and question them on anything they find relevant with regards to Fair competition.

  • storm Jun 4, 2019 Link to comment

    I'm surprised it took this long. all the things they accuse Google of are true of Apple as well. Not that I agree with the premise of the arguments generally.

    I mean, why would I expect not to see links to Google services if I'm on aGoogle site? Google is under no requirement to randomly push competitor services in its site. Nor is search abiut equal representation of possibilities, but those algirithmically weighted to be accurate to the query.

    There are just some really odd assumptions underlying this inquiry.

    How is it anticompetitive if the user types google in the adress bar when they want to search. The consumer chose that tool. Just as I choose duckduckgo.