Apple apologizes: WordPress won’t have to monetize its free app after all

What's New in Publishing 24 Aug 2020 10:01

Soon after news publishers joined the fight against the Apple tax, WordPress—which powers over 455 million websites, or 35% of all websites in the world—reported that it had been “locked by the App Store”.

WordPress founding developer Matt Mullenweg said that Apple had cut off the ability to update the iOS app, unless it agreed to add in-app purchases.

This was indeed surprising, give that the WordPress app on iOS doesn’t sell anything. It simply lets users make a website for free.

To be clear, the app doesn’t sell anything, and why would it? It’s an open source project. Apple is requiring the addition of functionality that has no plausible reason to exist.

Ben Thompson, Author/Founder of Stratechery

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