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Facebook is once again riled up by Apple's new App Store policies on "boosted ads."

Facebook is once again riled up by Apple’s new App Store policies on “boosted ads.”

Recent modifications to Apple’s App Store policies have yet again an impact on Facebook’s ad business.

The new regulation, which went into effect on Monday, states that businesses like Meta, the owner of Facebook and Instagram, are permitted to offer apps that let users manage and purchase advertising campaigns in specific apps without utilising Apple’s payment system. However, it views purchasing an advertisement in a social media app as a digital purchase from which Apple retains a 30% cut.

The alteration didn’t sit well with Meta. “Apple continues to alter its policies to grow their own business while undercutting others in the digital market,” a Meta representative told CNBC.

The incident is the most recent clash between Apple and businesses like Meta, which believe that Apple wields excessive control over mobile distribution and the constantly expanding and altering regulations of the App Store, the only place where programmes can be downloaded for iPhones.

Apple and Meta have been at odds for years, but it just recently become more acrimonious after Apple added App Tracking Transparency to the iPhone operating system. The privacy option enables users to refuse to provide an individual device ID that can be used to measure ad performance to app developers like Meta. According to Meta, the adjustment might cost it $10 billion this year.

After Meta unveiled the Quest Pro headset and Apple has been working on a rival VR headset for years that may arrive next year, the two companies now appear ready to compete in the world of consumer electronics.

According to Apple, the business already thought that social boosts were the kind of digital transaction that required Apple in-app purchases before the new regulation was announced. Therefore, the rule is more of a clarification than a new restriction, the company told CNBC.

According to an Apple official speaking to CNBC, “the App Store criteria have been clear for many years now that the sale of digital products and services within an app must employ In-App Purchase.” “Boosting,” which enables a person or business to pay to expand the reach of a post or profile, is a digital service, therefore an in-app purchase is obviously necessary. There are numerous instances of apps that accomplish it successfully, and this has always been the case.

This particular restriction has long been contentious, and according to The Wall Street Journal, Meta, when it was still known as Facebook, bargained with Apple over social media boosts and whether they would be covered by its policies on digital purchases.

Several social networking companies provide boosting functions. However, the majority, like Twitter, already make use of Apple’s in-app purchase feature, which is available on Apple’s App Store for $9.99. TikTok also offers in-app purchases for the sale of coins, the money used to promote posts.

According to Meta, Apple’s latest explanation that it takes a cut of all ad revenue, not just app sales, goes too far. According to Meta, Apple executives have previously stated that they don’t take a percentage of advertisements, some of which were produced as part of the Epic Games trial over App Store policies.

“Apple originally stated that it did not take a cut of developer advertising money, but it appears to have now revised its position. We’re still committed to giving small businesses easy methods to advertise on our applications and expand their brands, the Meta representative told CNBC.

Apple is not requesting a percentage of every advertisement seen via the Facebook or Instagram apps. According to The Verge, which originally reported Meta’s complaint, the company obviously feels targeted by Apple’s growing control over its platforms and is concerned that the corporation would claim that it is entitled to a share of Meta’s overall ad sales through its advertisements manager software.

The size of the boost market is unknown. Most large advertisers purchase ads using specialised portals or apps. The creator of Mobile Dev Memo and industry observer Eric Seufert stated on Monday that he believes it represents a “negligible proportion of income” for the social media businesses.

Brandon James

Brandon James is a Journalist at Flaunt Weekly.

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