Apple had planned to force developers to request permission for in-app ad tracking with the launch of iOS 14. Last month, Facebook warned publishers that this could result in a revenue reduction of over 50%. More recently, it criticized the move in a formal filing with the European Commission, questioning whether Apple would would adhere to the requirement itself.
Following concern from developers, advertisers, and publishers, Apple has delayed the rollout of the feature until next year; perhaps giving the ad industry some time to recover from the pandemic.
On CNBC’s “Squawk Box” Friday morning, Mosseri said the feature would take away the ability to show users revelant ads and provide value for advertisers.
“If the ecosystem changes in a way that advertisers can’t really measure their return on investment, that’s really going to be, yes, somewhat problematic for our business, but it’s going to be problematic for all the big ad platforms roughly equally, so I’m not that worried about it over the long run,” he said. “It’s going to be much much more problematic for all the small businesses. There are millions of them out there that rely on us to target customers and to reach those customers. Particularly during a pandemic when they’re hurting.”
While Mosseri says Instagram will make the case as strongly as possible, he noted the company has little influence over Apple who is the sole gatekeeper for apps across a billion devices. The company does "own the majority of the market here in the U.S." as it pertains to smartphones and "[controls] the ecosystem end-to-end."
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