Following the introduction of Apple's Apple Screen Time feature, several application developers who created screen tracking and parental control applications have been asked to change their products, or have been fully started from the App Store, according to a new report in The New York Times .
The Times says that "Apple eliminated or restricted at least 11 of the 17 most downloaded parental control and screen time applications," as well as many others. The report cites users who point out that Apple's Screen Time application has some drawbacks with popular third-party applications, such as the ability to close certain applications, less granular programming and that children could work around the Apple website. filtering tools. They also noted that third-party applications could be used on iOS and Android platforms, which would make it difficult for parents to monitor Android devices.
The report features interviews with developers who found that their applications were abruptly removed from the store, faced with vague and uncertain instructions for changes, or with unanswered company support. In many cases, developers point out that being initiated from the app store can be devastating for their companies: Amir Moussavian, the CEO of OurPact, says that 80 percent of his income came from the app store.
Apple argues that the applications violated its rules, that third-party applications could collect too much data on the devices and that the actions were not related to the company's debut of its own screen monitoring tools.
Earlier this week, developers of two applications, Kidslox and Qustodio, filed an antitrust complaint against Apple in the European Union, and last month, Kaspersky Lab filed an antitrust complaint after its own screen management application was removed. of the store. They are not the first to worry about the company's reach when it comes to the App Store: Spotify filed an antitrust complaint against Apple, saying that the technology company was giving itself an unfair advantage against third-party music streaming services. .