Telegram Says Apple Has Prevented It From Updating Since April

Telegram Says Apple Has Prevented It From Updating Since April

As a result, "some Telegram features, such as stickers, don't work correctly under iOS 11.4 ... even though we fixed this issue weeks ago", Durov wrote.

"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".

"We believe we did the only possible thing, preserving the right of our users to privacy in a troubled country", Durov said earlier today. It usually takes around a week for Apple to either approve an app or give some indication as to why it has been rejected. That's when Roskomnadzor asked Apple for the first time to remove Telegram from the App Store.

The block came after Russian authorities ordered Apple to remove Telegram from the App Store. Back in April he was thanking the Jesus phone-flinger (along with Google, Amazon and Microsoft) "for not taking part in political censorship". "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. Despite widespread protests from Russian users- which makes up about 7% of Telegram's user base, according to Durov - Russia has not reinstated access to the app. 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. As shown in the screenshot here, results for App Store searches remain somewhat scattershot; they can now turn up completely unrelated apps badged with "Ad", unusually surfaced apps that aren't ads, or advertised apps that may well be exactly what a user is looking for.

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Apple did not immediately respond to PCMag's request for comment.

GDPR is the European Union regulation on data protection and privacy for all individuals within EU, also addressing the export of personal data outside the EU. It has attracted more than 200 million users since its launch by Durov and his brother Nikolai in 2013.

Shortly after, Russian Federation also blocked a number of IP addresses from Amazon and Google. But it seems the impact of those demands is being felt worldwide.

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