Durov urged to stop Apple and Google "to collect sales tax on humanity"
Apple users should have the ability to download and install apps from alternative stores and not just through the official AppStore, said the founder of the messenger Telegram Pavel Durov.
"Russian anti-monopoly service yet shows interest in Apple in the context of PE of Russian apps on its smartphones. This lack of action: if we talk about the preset instead of national States, I would have tried to oblige Apple at least preinstall private — alternative — app store that would allow local developers don't have to send 30% of its turnover in California. It would be a more effective measure to support the local IT than discussed in some of the EU digital tax. Before trying to impose 3% digital Corporation tax, States it is the very first stop paying 30 percent "digital tax" to the budget of Apple and Google," wrote Durov in his telegram channel.
According to the founder Telegrаm, we need legislation to require Apple to allow users to install apps through the AppStore, users should be free to run apps on their smartphones - just as they are now able to install any programs on their computers.
"For many startups, such a change would have a more positive effect than any tax breaks. If this does not happen, the capitalization of Apple, which has already exceeded half a trillion dollars, continue to rise, while developers from Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and other countries will continue to sell its low-margin for small startups to the giants of Silicon valley sums," warned the actor.
In addition, he criticized Google, which also charges a fee for the opportunity to distribute their software through the Play store, however, noted that while Google provides a limited ability to run apps without the store.
"To disturb the two supranational corporations to collect tax from the whole of humanity is no easy task. In the service of corporations - thousands of lobbyists, lawyers and PR agents. Their budgets are unlimited. At the same time, application developers are scattered and scared, as the fate of their projects depends entirely on the favor of Apple and Google. But we believe that the time for fear has passed. Now we need to start openly talking about the evils of the current situation - the evils to billions of users, hundreds of thousands of developers, for national economies to global progress," concluded the founder of the messenger Telegram.