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Telegram, the messaging app, has become the latest company to file a formal antitrust complaint to the EU over Apples App Store.

In a complaint to EU competition chief Margrethe Vestager, Telegram, which has more than 400 million users, said Apple must “allow users to have the opportunity of downloading software outside of the App Store.”

In June, Ms Vestager announced two antitrust investigations into Apple, one of which concerned the App Store. Apples conflicts with developers over the rules of the App Store have also escalated recently.

Both Spotify and Rakuten have previously complained to the EU that the app store represents a monopoly power, given that developers have to accept Apples terms, including a 30 per cent commission on in-app purchases, in order to reach the hundreds of millions of people who use iPhones.

Apples App Store fees across the world are estimated to generate more than $1 billion for the company each month.

In its complaint, Telegram took issue with Apples argument that the App Store commission keeps it running.

In a post this week, Mr Durov said: “Every quarter, Apple receives billions of dollars from third-party apps. Meanwhile, the expenses required to host and review these apps are in the tens of millions, not billions of dollars. We know that because we at Telegram host and review more public content than the App Store ever will.”

The messaging app, which was co-founded by Russian tech entrepreneur Pavel Durov and his brother in 2013, accused Apple of halting innovation.

Telegram said that in 2016 Apple restricted the messaging app from launching a gaming platform on the grounds that it went against App Store rules. Telegram risked being deleted from the App Store and dismantled the venture.

Telegram alleged that this is an example of Apples capacity to curb innovation thanks to its “monopolistic power” on the app market.

“For that same reason Apple is able to charge a colossal 30 per cent commission on turnover of any digital service provided by the applications on the App Store, including but not limited to the sales of the apps themselves or any fees for premium services on those apps,” the complaint added.

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