Twitter exec says App Store fee 'isn't just a highway tax'
What you need to know
- Twitter's head of consumer product has spoken to The Verge in an interview.
- The conversation covered Apple's App Store commission rates and more.
- Kayvon Beykpour also said that Twitter wasn't in the business of breaking platform rules.
Twitter's head of consumer product Kayvon Beykpour has lent his support to the commission fees charged by the likes of Apple and Google for apps on the iPhone and beyond, saying a lot of work goes into building platforms and ecosystems.
Speaking to The Verge, Beykpour took questions about Twitter's new Super Follows initiative, and was asked by Nilay Patel:
Beykpour said that Super Follows was meant so that creators, not Twitter, could make money, but eventually landed in support of Apple and Google and their models:
Patel, pushing the issue, stated that if he made money from Twitter's Super Follows, he would have to give 30 percent to Apple, before asking if Twitter was in a position to advocate for a better deal:
Beykpour stated that the way Twitter saw it, Super Follows was a brand new layer to its service, so that even if someone was making $10, and giving away $3 to Apple, they were still making $7 more than they were before from Twitter. Asked if Twitter could get around the rule he said "We're not in the business of getting around platform rules," before defending platform commissions:
The App Store commission fee of 30% is a key gripe at the heart of Epic Games' lawsuit against Apple over Fortnite, due to call for trial later this year. You can listen to or read the full interview here.
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