Telegram has removed the ability for iOS users to create paid posts due to strict Apple App Store guidelines (via 9to5Mac). In a post on Telegram, CEO Pavel Durov said the platform’s creators used third-party payment or donation bots to sell access to certain posts on their channels, but that Apple was “not satisfied that content creators monetize their efforts without paying a 30% tax to Apple.
Apple does not allow developers to use third-party payment processors in their apps and charges up to 30% commission on all in-app purchases. As noted 9to5MacTelegram initially seemed to have tested a paid posts feature, as spotted by social media consultant Matt Navarra. However, Telegram said in a statement to 9to5Mac that the platform does not test this feature and that users have instead taken advantage of third-party payment bots to add a paywall to posts.
“I hope regulators in the EU, India and elsewhere start to act before Apple destroys more dreams and crushes more entrepreneurs”
“This is just another example of how a trillion-dollar monopoly abuses its market dominance to the detriment of millions of users trying to monetize their own content,” Durov said. “I hope regulators in the EU, India and elsewhere start acting before Apple destroys more dreams and crushes more entrepreneurs with a higher tax than any VAT levied by the government. [value-added tax].”