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Apple to make it easier to delete accounts linked to third-party apps

Apple will require developers who publish their apps to the App Store and offer users the ability to create accounts to also provide an easy way to delete accounts. This rule will take effect on January 31, 2021, and for the first time it and some other changes in Apple’s policy were announced at the WWDC 2021 developer conference.

Image: Alex Castro / The Verge

Image: Alex Castro / The Verge

The ability to delete an account might seem like a minor change. If we consider that the removal of an application from a device for developers is actually not a signal to end the relationship with the user, this innovation may seem much more useful. Apple said in a statement that developers will be required to “Provide users with the ability to initiate the removal of their account from the application”… This means that in the process of deleting an account, users can be redirected from the application to the browser.

Apple also confirmed the imminent launch of a feature that will allow users to report violations of Apple’s platform rules. According to reports, the “Report a Problem” button will be available in iOS 15, iPadOS 15 and macOS Monterey when it launches. With this tool, users will be able to report app fraud, as well as offensive, inappropriate and illegal content. It is noteworthy that this tool can be used even in applications that the user has not purchased.

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