Facebook helps Fortnite creator Epic Games in its legal battle against Apple

Facebook and Apple

The social networking giant is up against the iPhone maker.

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Facebook wants to participate Fortnite Creator Epic Games’ high-profile lawsuit against Apple, which provides information about how the iPhone and iPad maker’s policies harm other companies. The move was revealed the same day Facebook launched a nationwide print ad campaign criticism of Apple’s privacy policy.

“We think it is very important for the court to understand the far-reaching consequences of Apple’s unfair policies,” Steve Satterfield, Facebook’s director of privacy and public policy, said in a conference call on Wednesday.

Apple said Facebook executives want to collect as much information about users as possible, without regard to user privacy. Epic did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Facebook’s move to join Epic’s fight against Apple could change the dynamics of how the public sees this legal battle. Epic sued Apple in August about the up to 30% commission that Apple charges for purchases people make in apps like Fortnite.

Epic positioned its legal battle against Apple like a fight over the way app stores and internet games work, with far-reaching consequences for the future of the technical industry. But many users and industry analysts saw the suit as one expensive hit fight between a billion dollar company and a billion dollar company.

Whether Facebook’s participation in the lawsuit will change, that remains to be seen. Epic and Apple’s Legal Battle is scheduled to appear before a jury next year.