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Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg says Apple DMA compliance makes Meta adoption “difficult for everyone” including Meta. .
The European Union has passed the Digital Markets Act to stop companies designated as “controllers” from monopolizing their platforms. Compliance with Apple's DMA will allow third-party app stores to reduce fees to 17% and introduce a core technology fee of €0.50 for the first app install after 1 million installs.
Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg expressed his thoughts on Apple's DMA compliance during its earnings call, according to TechCrunch. He called the rules “onerous” and expects developers to be unable to accept them.
“I don't think Apple will make any difference to us because I think the way they implemented it, I would be very surprised if any developer decided to take on alternative app stores that they have,” Zuckerberg said during the conference call. “They've made it so burdensome, and I think it's so contrary to the purposes of EU regulation, that I think it would be a shame for anyone, including ourselves. It's very difficult to really seriously entertain what they're doing there.”
Unrelated to this story, but also mentioned as part of Meta's revenue, the company lost $4.65 billion on its Reality Labs. The “metaverse” division is in direct competition with Apple's upcoming Vision Pro.
Zuckerberg's complaints echo those of other tech executives about Apple's rollout, joining Microsoft, Spotify and Epic Games , calling for new rules.
EU rules on direct memory access come into force in March. Apple has a beta version of iOS 17.4 with changes ready to meet its deadline.