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Apple Agrees To Third-Party Payments In Dutch Dating Apps

By John F. Heerdink, Jr.

Reportedly, Apple Inc. (AAPL) has agreed to comply with a Dutch ruling to allow third-party payment options for dating apps, this is the first time the company is allowing outside payments within App Store apps. The company informed that it will allow developers to implement their third-party payment services to pay for dating apps in the Netherlands. The change will also let developers point users to the web to complete transactions.

The company informed that it will continue to collect its revenue share, which has been highly scrutinized by developers and governments in multiple countries. Further details on how the company will do that, what percentage cut it will take were not known.

“Because Apple will not be directly aware of purchases made using alternative methods, Apple will not be able to assist users with refunds, purchase history, subscription management, and other issues encountered when purchasing digital goods and services through these alternative purchasing methods,” the company said in a message to developers posted on its website.

The Dutch antitrust authority ordered Apple to allow dating apps to use other payment systems or pay a fine of as much as $57 million, with a January 15 deadline to make the change.

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(Read Original Story: Apple Will Allow Outside Payments in Dutch Dating Apps in Bloomberg)


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