Telegram Says Apple Has Sided with Russia, Blocking Its App Updates Worldwide

Mostly due to the fact that it was banned for refusing to hand over private encryption keys that would allow the Kremlin to spy on users.

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In a post on his own Telegram channel today, Durov apologised for some features not working under just-released iOS 11.4.

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

He says that it coincides with Russian Federation implementing a block on Telegram, and it means there have been no updates rolling out to users anywhere in the world for a month and a half.

Surprisingly, and maybe because of how popular the resistance was proving to be, it looked like several of the key cloud hosting companies, such as Google and Amazon's AWS, where Telegram along with many other sites and apps host their data and operations, had chose to hold firm to see how things would develop, even when their own consumer-facing services were suffering. 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. Telegram's inability to update its app is now affecting users worldwide, Durov wrote.

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Russian Federation banned the app when Telegram refused to comply with a court order to allow authorities to decrypt private messages between users.

"As a result, we've also been unable to fully comply with GDPR for our European Union users by the deadline of 25 May 2018". -- Apple has yet to comment on the matter.

"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", he went on to explain.

In a legally binding letter sent to Apple this week, Russian gov states: "In order to avoid possible action by Roskomnadzor for violations of the functioning of the above-mentioned Apple Inc. service, we ask you to inform us as soon as possible about your company's further actions to resolve the problematic issue", the regulator wrote.

A month later, Telegram continues to be available on the App Store.

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