Apple is blocking Telegram 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.

Recently, Roskomnadzor, the Russian media regulator, sent Apple a letter demanding that it remove the Telegram chat application from its App Store.

While App Store is considered one of Jobs', and Apple's, great achievements, it does lag behind Google Play in downloads (70%), although consumers purchase more on App Store (66%).

Unfortunately, some Telegram features, such as stickers, don't work correctly under iOS 11.4 that was just released - even though we fixed this issue weeks ago. This has been happening since April when Russian Federation first sent its request to Google and Apple to block push notifications and updates on for the app. That increase in spending on iOS apps reflects Apple's change in its subscription model in September 2016, when the iPhone maker introduced iOS 10.

"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". Telegram's inability to update its app is now affecting users worldwide, Durov wrote.

Some other App Store fun facts, courtesy of App Annie: The top three markets are, in order, the U.S., China, and Japan.

"We believe we did the only possible thing, preserving the right of our users to privacy in a troubled country", said Durov.

Apple didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

Contrarily to the likes of Facebook and Google, whose business models are based on knowing enough about their users to serve effective advertisements, Apple says it doesn't need to know our most intimate details.

Durov also blames Apple for Telegram being unable to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation due to the alleged block on updates. 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. "We are continuing our efforts to resolve the situation".

  • Latoya Cobb