The Apple App Store is reportedly blocking the Gnosis Safe Wallet update for hosting NFTs


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The Apple App Store has reportedly blocked a Gnosis Safe Crypto Wallet app update as it is hosting NFTs that were not purchased from the app.

Lukas Schor – a product developer at Ethereum-based crypto wallet provider Gnosis Safe – announced that the company ran into trouble when it submitted an updated version of its app to the iOS app store earlier this month.

Schor noticed on September 14th that, although the update had nothing to do with non-fungibles, the App Store flagged an example image showing an NFT in the description section of the app even though it had been running for “many months”.

While the app is still listed in the store along with the picture with the NFT, Apple appears to be blocking the update due to its digital content guidelines.

According to screenshots emailed from Gnosis’ correspondence with Apple Support, the tech giant stated that its policy “doesn’t specifically mention NFTs,” but doesn’t allow apps to access “previously purchased digital content,” Purchased outside of the US Appstore.

This essentially means that apps cannot provide NFT-related services unless they are built into Apple payment methods.

“If you decide not to implement in-app purchase, it would be appropriate to redesign your app so that it does not access previously purchased digital content,” the email concluded.

Schor said that Gnosis would appeal the decision because he asked Apple to clarify its guidelines on NFTs. He also suggested that the company has no plans to withdraw its NFT support in its app:

“Permission-free access to Web3 is at the core of our values, so we are ready to go the extra mile to clarify this. Simply removing NFTs from our app is definitely not an option for us. “

Apple currently prohibits the inclusion of payment rails beyond those offered by the company in apps listed in their store. While Gnosis doesn’t sell NFTs in its app, Apple charges a flat 30% commission for in-app purchases of digital goods and services.

However, this policy may not last long as Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers issued a permanent injunction in the Epic Games vs.

Epic Games, the makers of the popular online game Fortnite, developed its own in-game payment system last year to bypass Apple’s in-app payment system, which resulted in the game being removed from the app store became.

In August 2020, Epic took legal action against Apple and targeted the company’s in-app payment policies.

In Judge Rogers’ first ruling in the case on Friday, she issued an order to Apple to allow alternative payment options in apps listed in its store, with the injunction set to go into effect on December 9, 2021 – unless it will be judged by a higher court.