Tesla CEO Elon Musk today took to Twitter to once again criticize Apple’s App Store fees, calling the cut Apple is taking from developers “definitely not acceptable” and comparing it to a “30% tax on the Internet”.
He went on to say that the fees are “literally 10 times higher than they should be”.
Apple takes a 30% cut on app developers who earn more than $1 million through the App Store on an annual basis, but for small developers who earn less, Apple has reduced its fee to 15% through the Small Business Developer Program.
Musk has criticized Apple’s App Store several times in the past. In July, for example, Musk called out Apple for creating a walled garden and said Tesla would never do such a thing. “I think we want to emphasize that our goal is to support the advent of sustainable energy,” Musk said at the time, responding to a question about whether competitors could use Tesla’s charger network. “It’s not to create a walled garden and use it to bludgeon our competitors that is used by some companies.”
Tesla and Apple have a long history and have clashed over employee theft as Apple enters the electric vehicle market. In 2015, Musk dubbed Apple the “Tesla graveyard.” “If you don’t make it at Tesla, you go to work at Apple,” he said.
Musk is currently buying Twitter for $44 billion. Musk said he wanted to make Twitter “better than ever” with new product features that will defeat spambots and authenticate all humans. Twitter is expected to go private when the acquisition is complete.
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