The Co-Founder of MetaMask Wants to ‘Ditch’ Apple

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Last Updated on December 3, 2022 by Bitfinsider

Dan Finlay, co-founder of MetaMask and former Apple employee, is in support of the crypto sector abandoning Apple’s App Store entirely, calling Apple’s 30% in-app purchase tax a “monopoly abuse.”

Finlay responded to the news that Coinbase’s iOS Wallet software had previously been banned by Apple until it disabled NFT transfer functionality by writing, “I will surely stand in solidarity here.”

Coinbase’s Wallet said Thursday that its users will no longer be able to trade or transfer NFTs via its iOS app, stating that even if it wanted to comply with the “Apple tax,” it would be unable to do so owing to Apple’s lack of integration with blockchains such as Ethereum.

“I suppose MetaMask and all other wallets are next,” tweeted Finlay today. “I am prepared to abandon the Apple ecosystem. The 30% tax is a monopolistic abuse.”

It is unknown what this means for current MetaMask iOS app users. Finlay stated in an email to Decrypt, “Metamask remains in the app store for the time being, but we will closely watch the situation in the next weeks and months to guarantee our customers continue to have unrestricted access to their crypto assets.”

Additionally, Finlay expounded on his tweets detailing his emotions towards Apple’s new restrictions. “We are dismayed to hear that app shops are becoming stringent gatekeepers, which not only impedes growth but also opens the door to censorship “he stated. “We feel that, as a community, we should come up with a reasonable solution so that end users can continue to trade freely and the technology may flourish.”

Finlay is not the only crypto proponent to voice contempt for Apple’s policies. Tim Sweeney, CEO of Epic Games, and Ryan Wyatt, CEO of Polygon Studios, have both expressed anger with the 30% tax on in-app purchases.

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