Apple Has Been Blocking Telegram From Updating Its App Since April

Russian Telecom Watchdog Gives Apple One Month to Respond to Request to Remove Telegram from App Store

Russian Telecom Watchdog Gives Apple One Month to Respond to Request to Remove Telegram from App Store

Apple has one month from May 28 to remove Telegram from the App Store in Russian Federation.

While App Store is considered one of Jobs', and Apple's, great achievements, it does lag behind Google Play in downloads (70%), although consumers purchase more on App Store (66%).

The version of the app now in the App Store is two months old, and Durov claims features such as stickers will not work properly in iOS 11.4 (which was pushed out earlier this week) due to the lack of updates. The reason the Russian government wants Apple to remove Telegram from its App Store is because Telegram wouldn't provide it with the app's decryption keys.

Pavel Durov, who co-founded Telegram with his brother Nikolai Durov in 2013, said that Apple sided with Russian Federation after the company refused to provide decryption keys for users' communications to the country's security agencies. Earlier this week, speaking to local newspapers, director of Roskomnadzor (Russia's Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology, and Mass Media) said that the country has asked Apple to help Russia block Telegram.

Apple's digital ad initiatives have had mixed results in the past, but that apparently isn't stopping the company from pursuing a new option: selling ads within search results offered by third-party apps.




"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".

So, in one example used by the report, Snapchat users searching for the National Football League might see an advertisement for ticket re-selling apps like StubHub. "Because Apple, like other transnational companies, is a company with a high degree of red tape, we expect the reply within a month", Zharov told Interfax on Monday. Apple itself has not announced anything about the situation, and is unlikely to comment. We believe we did the only possible thing, preserving the right of our users to privacy in a troubled country. Durov also claims that the company has been "unable to fully comply with GDPR [General Data Protection Regulation] for our EU-users" by the May 25 deadline due to its inability to update the app in the App Store.

"Unfortunately, Apple didn't side with us".

"Sorry for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience".

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