The Telegram CEO has accused Apple of destroying dreams and corrupting entrepreneurship with its App Store rules, more specifically charging the company a 30% commission on in-app purchases for developers who earn more than $1 million annually.


Pavel Durov, writing on his Telegram channel, said that Apple had informed the messaging platform that it would not be able to allow content creators to use third-party payment methods for sales. Telegram allows content creators to provide access to individual channels or posts through a paywall that users can pay through a third-party payment method rather than Apple’s in-app purchase.

Durov said Apple “is not happy with creators monetizing their efforts without paying the 30% tax” and that Telegram has no choice but to disable paid posts and channels on its iOS app. “This is just another example of how a trillion-dollar monopoly is exploiting its market dominance at the expense of the millions of users trying to monetize their content,” Durov added.

Durov accused Apple of destroying dreams and crushing entrepreneurs with an “app store” tax, which requires a 15% or 30% commission from Apple for most in-app purchases. Durov called on regulators in the European Union, India and around the world to “start taking action”. Durov’s full message can be found below.

Some content creators have started using third-party payment bots to sell access to individual posts in their Telegram channels. This way, content creators can get nearly 100% of what subscribers pay, which is great.

Unfortunately, we got word from Apple that they are unhappy with content creators monetizing their efforts without paying Apple’s 30% tax. Since Apple has complete control over its ecosystem, we had no alternative but to disable these paid publications on iOS devices.

This is just another example of how a trillion-dollar monopoly is exploiting its market dominance at the expense of the millions of users trying to monetize their content. I hope regulators in the European Union, India and elsewhere will start taking action before Apple destroys more dreams and crushes more entrepreneurs with a higher tax than any government value-added tax.

In the meantime, at Telegram we will work to provide powerful, easy-to-use tools for creators to monetize their content – outside of Apple’s restrictive ecosystem.

This isn’t the first time Durov has spoken out against Apple. In August, the CEO criticized Apple against “vague” App Store rules.

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