A new proposal in the state of Minnesota could force Apple to allow developers to sell apps from iPhone a through channels other than the App Store.
A Minnesota bill goes on App Store pricing
The battle over big tech has come to Minnesota, where unlikely alliances are forming in a Legislature divided by a bill that has drawn intense opposition from Apple and Google.
The proposal, quietly presented last week, would force the two tech giants to keep Minnesota developers’ products in their app stores, even if those developers sell them directly through other channels.
The law is supposed to level the playing field for developers, while depriving Manzana and Google from the fees they charge developers to use their app stores.
A similar new law was previously proposed in North Dakota and Arizona, as well as Georgia. Bill’s sponsor Zack Stephenson said, “A lot of people are concerned about the greater influence and power that big tech companies have, and I think there’s a lot of interest in trying to make sure we have a fair and open digital economy.”
According to the report, Stephen and other House Democrats see the proposal as an extension of antitrust measures and the net neutrality debate.
Stephenson and other House Democrats see this as an extension of the antitrust and net neutrality debate, while the GOP-controlled Senate leader said he wants to send a message to Silicon Valley after the ban and removal of Donald Trump from Twitter and other social media platforms. .
“That to me is a big problem,” said Sen. Mark Koran, R-North Branch. “They basically eliminated a president. Those who are taking that victory lap, that’s going to be a short-lived celebration, because that culture of cancellation is coming for them too.
The report says that big technology companies were pushing “within hours of the bill’s presentation” to try to stop the measure.
Apple recently stated that a similar bill in North Dakota would destroy the iPhone as we know it today.