Apple says it will send a witness to the Senate hearing in app stores anyway

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After several senators criticized the company, Apple said on Sunday it would send its chief compliance officer to an April 21 hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Bloomberg reported

Leaders of the Senate Judiciary Committee sent a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook on Friday demanding that the company send a representative to the hearing, saying Apple declined to participate. In the letterSens. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Mike Lee (R-UT) say Apple “abruptly” decided not to witness the digital markets hearing targeting Apple’s App Store and Google Play Store.

“Apple’s sudden change of course to refuse to be a witness to testify before the Subcommittee on app store competition issues in April, while the company is clearly willing to discuss them in other public forums, is unacceptable,” the senators wrote. the letter. “We strongly urge Apple to reconsider its position and provide a witness in time to testify before the Subcommittee.”

But on Sunday, it appears Apple sent a letter to senators saying it was “surprised” by their letter and that it intended to participate but was simply seeking a change of date. “We have a deep respect for your role and process in these matters,” the letter read. The company will make Kyle Andeer – whom Apple says he has represented the company before the US House of Representatives and several states – available April 21.

“We look forward to sharing our perspective in our App Store,” the letter said.

Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The edge on Sunday. The App Store practices, including the 30 percent fees it charges developers, have been scrutinized by lawmakers in recent months. Apple has also fought with Fortnite publisher Epic Games, who has sued the iPhone maker for antitrust violations. That process is scheduled to start on May 3.