Kayvon Beykpour, Twitter's head of consumer products, has addressed the consequences of the implementation of the payment tweets function known as 'Super Follow' in an interview in the American medium The Verge.
And, among them, stands out the fact that once you start charging the subscribers of this function, Twitter will have to start handing over a tax on its revenue to Apple and Google, as owners of the official iOS and Android app stores, respectively.
When asked if the social network arises negotiate a reduction of the 30% commission imposed by those of Cupertino, Beykpour tried to take iron out of the matter:
"Even if that $ 10 goes down to $ 7 because of that commission ... that's still $ 7 more than Twitter used to produce. So don't get me wrong, I wish we could keep $ 9 instead of $ 7but at the end of the day, it's not something we have direct influence over [...] and it is not a concern for us at this time. "
When the journalist tries to pressure by asking if he thinks there is "some way to raise this function that allows to circumvent that rule (of Apple)", Beykpour clearly affirms that his company "is not dedicated to circumventing the rules" of the platforms in which it is present.
As he explains, Twitter's main objective with Super Follows is not even to maximize profitsRather, creators have access to "premium features for power users that allow them to do things they can't do with Twitter today."
Twitter is not Epic
A few months ago, companies such as Spotify, Basecamp or Epic Games, created CAF (Coalition for App Fairness) to denounce the 30% rate, as well as "anti-competitive practices" and Apple's "lack of consumer freedom" from their point of view.
Recall that, just a month before, Epic Games had seen how Apple removed its applications (including the popular Fortnite) from the App Store due to a strong conflict between both companies about in-app purchases. A conflict that, just a month ago, Epic even led to the European Commission.
Faced with this confrontational stance, the Twitter representative affirms that his company recognizes the benefits of both the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store:
"I believe that platforms and application stores have workflows and frameworks for developers when it comes to facilitating access to digital products and in-app payments; that carries a cost, but also benefits such as increased conversions or the decrease in fraud. So we definitely see that there are pros and cons. "