Telegram Says Apple Has Sided with Russia, Blocking Its App Updates Worldwide

04 June, 2018, 20:23 | Author: Juana Mckenzie
  • Russian Telecom Watchdog Gives Apple One Month to Respond to Request to Remove Telegram from App Store

Russian Federation officially banned the secure message app Telegram in April, and now it appears the app is facing problems in other regions.

Surprisingly, and maybe because of how popular the resistance was proving to be, it looked like several of the key cloud hosting companies, such as Google and Amazon's AWS, where Telegram along with many other sites and apps host their data and operations, had made a decision to hold firm to see how things would develop, even when their own consumer-facing services were suffering.

Secure messaging app Telegram has gone without iOS updates since mid-April, CEO Pavel Durov has claimed, accusing Apple of blocking updates globally for more than a month.

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Durov's comments come just a day after Russia's communication watchdog once again demanded that Apple remove Telegram from the App Store. It has also prevented Telegram from complying with the new European Union GDPR. Still, even as the iOS App Store has seen its share of downloads worldwide shrink to 30% in 2017 from 54% in 2012, consumer spending on iOS apps has remained healthy.

Apple hasn't responded to emails from us or from other publications such as Reuters and BBC.

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"Unfortunately, some Telegram features, such as stickers, don't work correctly under iOS 11.4 that was just released - even though we fixed this issue weeks ago", reads a message Durov sent out to all Telegram users following the release of iOS 11.4 this week.

"Apple has been preventing Telegram from updating its iOS apps globally ever since the Russian authorities ordered Apple to remove Telegram from the App Store", Durov said today. The allegation comes after Russian Federation demanded a ban on Telegram in April, when the app-maker refused to hand over the keys to its encrypted chats.

Apple already shows App Store users advertisements at the top of search results within the download portal, but this would take things a step further.

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