Zuckerberg Says Apple’s Policies Not ‘Sustainable’ – Slashdot

Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday added to the growing chorus of concerns about Apple, arguing that it’s “problematic that one company controls what happens on the device.” Axios reports: “I think the problem is that you get into it with the platform control, is that Apple obviously has their own interests,” Zuckerberg said at The New York Times’ Dealbook conference. “[T]he fact that companies have to deliver their apps exclusively through platforms that are controlled by competitors — there is a conflict of interest there,” he said. That conflict of interest makes Apple “not just a kind of governor that is looking out for the best of people’s interests.”

Zuckerberg also noted that Apple’s policies differ from other tech giants, including Microsoft and Google, which allow apps to be sideloaded onto devices if they’re inaccessible in app stores. “I do think Apple has sort of singled themselves out as the only company that is trying to control, unilaterally, what apps get on the device and I don’t think that’s a sustainable or a good place to be.” Changes to Apple’s app tracking policies last year are expected to cost Meta billions of dollars in lost ad revenue.

Zuckerberg’s comments come days after Musk publicly attacked Apple, alleging the company’s app store policies are an abuse of power. Asked about Musk’s content moderation decisions, Zuckerberg didn’t go as far as to endorse his strategy, but said, “I kind of think the world in the industry gets more interesting when people take some different approaches.” “[Y[ou can agree or disagree with what Elon is doing, or how he’s doing it. But I do think it’s going to be very interesting to see how this plays out in terms of the approaches he’s taking.” When asked about TikTok, Zuckerberg said it raises “a very complex set of questions” about the involvement of the Chinese state with TikTok’s affairs. “I’m sure it’s complicated.”

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