Apple Goes Silent, As Telegram CEO Accuses It Of Blocking Updates

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

Local authorities have demanded that Telegram be removed from the App Store after the service refused to provide the Russian government with decryption keys that would allow access to user communications.

Apple has apparently been preventing updates for Telegram users worldwide following the ban on the app in Russian Federation.

Telegram and its faster counterpart, Telegram X, were briefly pulled from the App Store in February, with Apple citing "inappropriate content" for app's removal.

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.

Russian Federation wanted Telegram to turn over encryption keys, which the company refused to do.

On Monday, Russia's communications watchdog said it had requested Apple block push notifications for Telegram users in Russia, which would mean users would not receive alerts for new messages and thus render it less useful.

He went on to allege that Apple had "prevented" updates to the Telegram app on a global basis after Russian officials ordered the platform removed from Tim Cook's walled garden.

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A month later, Telegram continues to be available on the App Store.

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

Durov insists that Telegram has done "the only possible thing, preserving the right of our users to privacy in a troubled country".

Contrarily to the likes of Facebook and Google, whose business models are based on knowing enough about their users to serve effective advertisements, Apple says it doesn't need to know our most intimate details.

"As a result, we've also been unable to fully comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) for our EU-users by the deadline of May 25, 2018".

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

Apple didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

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