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Facebook said on Thursday that Apple rejected its attempt to tell users that the iPhone maker would take a 30% cut in sales on the new online events feature, forcing Facebook to remove the message to get the message across. tool to users.

Facebook said Apple cited an App Store rule that prohibits developers from displaying “irrelevant” information to users.

“Now more than ever, we should have the option to help people understand where their money is really going for small businesses. Unfortunately, Apple rejected our transparency notice around its 30% tax, but we are still working to make that information available within the app experience, ”Facebook said in a statement.

Apple did not respond to a request for comment.

Facebook earlier this month said it planned to roll out a new tool that would allow online influencers and other businesses to host paid online events as a way to make up for lost revenue during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The company said it had asked Apple to waive the 30% fee that the iPhone maker charges for in-app purchases so that Facebook can pass on all proceeds from the event to business owners, but Apple refused. .

Facebook aimed to provide a notice of Apple’s cut to users, based on mockups it released at the time, but Reuters discovered on Thursday that the promised message was not present in the new events feature.

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