Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong reiterated his concerns through a tweet regarding Apple’s stringent rules against cryptocurrencies. He even said that the technology giant has been “restrictive” and “hostile” to crypto for years.
Apple has been very restrictive and hostile to cryptocurrency over the years. They’re still blocking some functionality right now, including the ability to earn money with cryptocurrency by completing tasks, and unrestricted dapp browsers.
— Brian Armstrong (@brian_armstrong) August 22, 2020
According to him, Apple is still blocking some functionality in its App Store, including the ability to make money with cryptocurrency by accomplishing tasks, as well as unrestricted DApp browsers — functions available via the Google Play Store.
Armstrong’s tweet was coupled with other posts that express solidarity with Epic Games, creator of the iconic game Fortnite over Apple’s decision to block it from over a billion devices. He even went as far as to say that Apple “can’t ban us all”.
Armstrong said in a tweet on August 14,
Apple (we love you) but you had this coming. The App Store has long been too restrictive.
Armstrong’s most recent Apple-related tweet was posted in reply to Objective-J creator Francisco Tolmasky and Y Combinator co-founder Paul Graham’s discussion regarding the aforementioned tech company’s rigid policies.
Aside from Brian Armstrong and other industry personalities, Apple has been receiving backlash from media giants such as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, BBC News, and Bloomberg, among others. All are pushing Apple for more favorable terms on its App Store.
All of these events came after Epic Games filed a lawsuit against Apple for its Fortnite removal. According to the lawsuit, Apple has “ become what it once railed against,” which is a “ behemoth seeking to control markets, block competition, and stifle innovation.”