Apple's App Store Monopoly is a Human Rights Disaster


For more than a decade, Apple has forced its users to buy iOS software exclusively from the App Store, unlike Android phones, which allow users to sideload software. This has enabled Apple to exert unparalleled control over what software its more than 1 billion iPhone users can access and reap a 30 percent cut from all major App Store sales. The App Store isn’t just a storefront. It is a chokepoint that Apple wields to control the Internet.

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Apple's firm grip on its App Store is a serious problem for human rights and free expression all over the world. The App Store gives Apple unprecedented power to decide what we can see and do online. It hurts small businesses, stifles competition, and hurts consumers, puts vulnerable groups at risk, and empowers authoritarian governments. It is critical that you pass the Open App Markets Act.