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Apple to Let Facebook Online Events Temporarily Avoid 30% Cut

  • Apple to let Facebook use own payment system, bypassing fees
  • Reprieve to be granted through end of year on pandemic shift
Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Apple Inc. will let users of Facebook Inc.’s online events product use the social network’s own payment method through the end of the year, temporarily bypassing the iPhone maker’s typical 30% cut.

The Cupertino, California-based technology giant said it is making the exception as some businesses were forced to move their physical events online due to the Covid-19 pandemic. App Store apps that facilitate in-person classes or events have always been allowed to accept payment methods other than Apple’s, bypassing the fee. But once businesses moved online, almost all classes became virtual and were no longer exempt from Apple’s 30% cut.