Apple approves Telegram update despite Russia ban

Joanna Estrada
June 5, 2018

"Thank you @Apple and @tim_cook for letting us deliver the latest version of @telegram to millions of users, despite the recent setbacks", Durov tweeted on Saturday. It was also said that the Russian authorities made an appeal to Apple for removing telegram from the App Store of Apple.

Telegram's block was supposedly connected to a recent ban in Russian Federation, although the link between the two incidents is entirely unclear.

It's unclear how Russia's ban on the messaging app influenced Apple to block updates for Telegram globally.

In being allowed to update the app, Telegram finally managed to comply with the new GDPR rules imposed by the EU, Gizmodo reports.

There you go, Telegrammers: you have your stickers back.

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

Apple has lifted its alleged block on updates to secure messaging app Telegram, after the company's CEO accused the Cupertino firm of unfairly locking down the software.

Apple Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook speaks at the Apple Worldwide Developer conference in San Jose, California, U.S., June 4, 2018.

Earlier this year, the federal agency in Russian Federation responsible for censoring communications, Roskomnadzor, won court approval to ban Telegram.

"App updates are essential to bolster the security of users and their data, and to comply with privacy laws and regulation", said Peter Micek, general counsel of non-profit digital rights group Access Now. Russian users make up about 7 percent of Telegram's user base.

So far, it has been mentioned that the efforts of shutting down the Telegram app have been pretty clumsy. Another privacy-related change said in-app ads can't target "sensitive user data" and have to be age-appropriate.

When Russia blocked the popular message service, users rallied in Moscow and they called the block as Internet censorship. The app still remains in some of the devices in the country.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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