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Apple Draws Bipartisan Complaints for Skipping App Store Hearing

April 9, 2021, 8:00 PM

Apple Inc. is refusing to participate in an upcoming Senate hearing about anti-competitive practices at online app stores, according to a letter addressed to Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook from Democrat Amy Klobuchar and Mike Lee, a Republican.

The letter says the Cupertino, California-based company declined to send a witness for an upcoming hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s antitrust panel to examine allegations of anticompetitive treatment of outside app developers.

Klobuchar and Lee, the panel’s chair and ranking Republican, noted that the vast majority of mobile apps are downloaded from Apple and Alphabet Inc.’s Google platforms. Google ...