Apple is blocking Telegram updates worldwide says CEO

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

In April, Telegram was banned in Russia after the company refused to hand over encryption keys to the Russian government. In return, Telegram was banned in Russian Federation in April; resulting in the current App Store block. You can download Telegram Messenger from the App Store for free.

Attention to the lack of upgrades grew after Telegram users complained that some of the app's features ceased working with the release of iOS 11.4 this week.

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

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. 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. Also, the Telegram iOS app could be more at risk since it isn't getting bug fixes and security patches. "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.

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"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". 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. Apple, according to a report this week, has one month from May 28 to comply with a request to remove it completely. "We are continuing our efforts to resolve the situation", the exec added.

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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