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22 Feb, 17 tweets, 5 min read
The Arizona House is voting on a bill to stop app stores from forcing their payment processing services onto developers today. I'll be testifying around 10am MT. Wonderful to see @recobbforazrep and @Leo4AzHouse make the case for why this should pass 🙏❤️ azcapitoltimes.com/news/2021/02/1…
This is a more narrow bill than what was first proposed in North Dakota. It focuses exclusively on giving all developers the same kind of freedom in payment processing that Uber, Lyft, Amazon, and other physical goods apps already enjoy. IAP is still there for those who want it.
That focus completely undercuts the opposition that Apple presented in North Dakota where they claimed that bill would "destroy iPhone as you know it". Hard to claim that here when Apple is already allowing lots of companies this concession!
Which goes directly to the point that Apple has been bragging about. That only 15% of developers are extorted this tax on revenues. That sort of blatant discrimination needs to stop. Before Apple and Google changes the terms of the deal any further.
Excited to share our experience from @heyhey with the Arizona House committee today. I'll post my remarks online after they've been delivered. Hopefully the rest of the committee will hear our plea and offer Arizona developers and consumers relief!
The hearing before the vote is being broadcast live on the Arizona State Legislature site. azleg.gov/videoplayer/?c…
Amazing opening from @recobbforazrep. She is not mincing words 👏. "There's no alternative place to access the market place". Boom.
"They've almost hired every lobbyist in town. They've gone to our attorneys before I even spoke to them. They've gone to the governship. I'm not going to be bullied. I don't care how big the company is." 🔥🔥🔥
You really need to listen to the propaganda coming from the Apple lobbyists. Holy shit. I think even the staunchest Apple fans would recoil from this.
"We we introduced the App Store in 2008, developers had to pay for the tools to build, they had to pay for their discs." LOL. Like the internet didn't exist in 2008? Sheesh.
"Apple: Developers had to pay 70% before the App Store was invented", this is just terrible, horrible misinformation. Ugh. Sad to hear Apple advance this.
Apple doesn't have the information on how much money they've made from the IAP cut! 😂
I hope y'all are listening to this. Some democrats summarizing this issue as "it'll lead servers to crash", so therefore we must side with ALEC 🤯
"This is not a David vs Goliath battle", says one representative. LITERALLY MY NAME IS DAVID. Apple is a Goliath! The book is LITERALLY CALLED GOLIATH 😂 simonandschuster.com/books/Goliath/…
Hardcore to hear that @heyhey only exists because of Apple. So this is just a contract dispute. And we should just take it. And this representative used to be a programmer 😢
So, if I understand this correctly, this means it now goes in front of the whole house for a full vote. OMG! This is AMAZING. Thank you so much @recobbforazrep and all members of the committee 🎉🎶❤️

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