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


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.

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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. Last month, a nationwide ban was implemented on Telegram in Russian Federation following the app's refusal to offer data access to the country's intelligence community. Days ago, the Russian communications regulator Roskomnadzor (RKN) announced that it had made a formal request to Apple to stop distributing the app, and also to stop enabling push notifications for those who already have the app downloaded in Russia. Today, the company brought the app to iOS and introduced a new collaborative feature that let's iOS and Android users collaborate on drawings. "We believe we did the only possible thing, preserving the right of our users to privacy in a troubled country", Telegram Pavel Durov said on his official Telegram Channel per Reuters.

Apple hasn't responded to emails from us or from other publications such as Reuters and BBC. On average, these users have more than 100 apps installed on their devices, while they use over 40 each month. "Unfortunately, Apple didn't side with us".

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Russian Federation banned the app when Telegram refused to comply with a court order to allow authorities to decrypt private messages between users.

"While Russia makes up only 7% of Telegram's user base, Apple is restricting updates for all Telegram users around the world", he said. He said that had meant Telegram was also unable to fully comply with new privacy rules put in place in the European Union last week.

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