Musk takes Epic’s side in battle with Apple

Tesla Inc Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk on Friday showed his support for “Fortnite” maker Epic Games that has challenged Apple Inc’s fees on its App Store.

“Apple app store fees are a de facto global tax on the Internet. Epic is right,” he said in a tweet.

Apple is battling a lawsuit filed last year by Epic Games, alleging that the iPhone maker has abused its dominance in the market for mobile apps.

Epic broke Apple’s rules when it introduced its own in-app payment system in “Fortnite” to circumvent Apple’s commissions.

Separately, Musk denied a report that he once had a chat with Apple boss Tim Cook related to a possible acquisition of the electric carmaker and taking over as the iPhone maker’s CEO.

On Tesla’s call with Wall Street analysts earlier this week, Musk took shots at Apple, criticizing the company’s “walled garden” or its tightly controlled tech ecosystem and its usage of cobalt, a key mineral for making lithium-ion batteries.

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