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Deep Dive: What issues do app developers face and how should app stores be regulated?

In a panel on app store regulations, experts shed light on the issues faced by developers and recommended possible solutions.

Key Takeaways Major concerns of app developers include high commissions, delay in payment, shadow banning, and anti-competitive practices like self-preferencing, sherlocking, gatekeeping, etc Apple and Google do not operate in a free market and think of fines as a cost of doing business There is a market failure because of rent-seeking behaviour, information asymmetry, and skewed incentives Current legislation is slow and not adequate, we need ex-ante regulations Frameworks like ONDC might not work for this market "These gatekeepers, they're at the top of the bottleneck and they control everything that happens, and they ignore normal market forces and effects," Mark Buse, Head of Global Government Relations & Policy, Match Group, said about Google and Apple at a panel discussion on app store regulations in India organised by the Alliance of Digital India Foundation (ADIF) and the Coalition for App Fairness…

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