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Google to Possibly Remove 10 Apps in India Over Service Fees

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Ten businesses’ apps that do not pay a service fee to use Google’s app store platform in India will face consequences from Alphabet Inc.’s Google, which could include their apps being removed from the store, the tech giant announced on Friday.

Google did not identify the aforementioned companies.

Walt Disney and Match, the company that owns Tinder, are among the businesses that have previously sued Google over its practice of charging an 11%–26% “service fee” for in-app purchases made in India.

Google introduced the service fee after an antitrust directive ruled against an earlier 15%-30% fee and forced it to allow third-party payments.

Companies have said Google’s new service fee system is just a cloaked version of the earlier system.

“For an extended period of time, 10 companies, including many well-established ones, have chosen to not pay for the immense value they receive on Google Play by securing interim protections from court,” Google said in a blog post.

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