Published: Sat, June 02, 2018
Industry | By Faith Ward

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

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

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.

In a Telegram message on Thursday, the company's CEO Pavel Durov says Apple has been blocking updates for the app globally even since the Russian government first asked it to remove the remove the app back in April.

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.

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

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

As a result of this block, Telegram has been unable to fully comply with new GDPR rules for those in Europe, which had a deadline of May 25.

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

Shortly after, Russian Federation also blocked a number of IP addresses from Amazon and Google.

RKN has been seeking to shut down use of Telegram in the country for months, but for most of that time Telegram has been working around the issue by appealing to people to use VPNs to access the service, and also by hopping around IPs at hosting companies sympathetic to its attempt to continue offering its service without sharing data with Russian authorities. But it seems the impact of those demands is being felt worldwide. "We are continuing our efforts to resolve the situation", he said. "While Russia makes up only 7 percent of Telegram's userbase, Apple is restricting updates for all Telegram users around the world since mid-April".

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