The war between Taiwan against Uber Technologies is taking a different twist where it want to rope in Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) Google and Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL). The ride-hailing firm is in a quarrel with the island over taxes. Taiwanese authorities claim that Uber is misrepresenting its service given that it is operating as an Internet-based technology platform other than a transportation company. This has occasioned an effect of having the country’s tax bill lowered, and the Government is now asking the company to pay back-taxes.
The Government of Taiwan is are now threatening to have Apple, and Google App Store remove Uber’s App if the business does not comply with the local regulations. The threat goes as far as the removal of UberEATS app that is hardly a month old in Taiwan and which was aimed at facilitating global expansion of the taxi-hailing business. However, it remains to be seen how soon these threats will take effect given that the removal of the app will not in any way hinder its download.
Taiwan against Uber: Will Google and Apple comply?
Presumably, there are millions of people that are already having the app installed on their phones. The two firms are independent companies that have operational policies. However, they are also answerable to the rule of the land. However, it remains to be seen how they will respond to the Taiwan against Uber scuffles and whether or not they will bow down to the authorities request.
Apparently, Uber says that it is up to standard with the regulations but a spokesman for Taiwan’s Directorate General of Highways, Liang Guo-guo reiterates, “Uber has not done what it says it will do, so we are looking at another way by requesting its apps be removed from Apple and Google (app stores).”
There are other parties agitated about Uber’s presence
The Taiwan Government is just one of the many parties that have nothing to write home about Uber. Domestic taxi drivers have also been holding a grudge against Uber perhaps because of snatching their business as a result of its popularity. Apparently, the same company is under legal scrutiny in markets across Asia.
But while Uber and Apple declined to give detailed responses, a Google spokesperson did mention that its app store does not allow apps that facilitate or promote illegal activities. This means the Taiwan against Uber war is far from being over. Google’s stock closed at $779.98 witnessing an increase of $4.82 or 0.62% while Apple closed at $109.99, an increase of $2.88 or 2.69%.
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