Russia formally banned the safe message app Telegram in April, and now it seems the app is going through issues in different areas. In keeping with a message posted on Telegram by the corporate’s CEO Pavel Durov, Apple has been “stopping” Telegram iOS app updates since April.
The model of the app at present within the App Retailer is 2 months outdated, and Durov claims options corresponding to stickers won’t work correctly in iOS 11.four (which was pushed out earlier this week) as a result of lack of updates.
Apple stopped approving Telegram for iOS updates globally 1,5 months in the past after Russia ordered a block on Telegram. Extra right here – https://t.co/yarcIrV2Bh
— Pavel Durov (@durov) Might 31, 2018
This comes after Roskomnadzor, Russia’s Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Info Expertise and Mass Media, ordered a block of the messaging app within the nation in April. Russia’s Federal Safety Service needed entry to Telegram’s customers’ encrypted messages, saying it was mandatory to observe potential terrorists. Even after a Russian court docket dominated that the app ought to be blocked in Russian territories, Telegram refused at hand over encryption keys that may give Russian officers entry to person knowledge.
Shortly after, Russia additionally blocked plenty of IP addresses from Amazon and Google. It was later confirmed that Amazon’s addresses had been blocked “attributable to the truth that the Telegram messenger began utilizing them to bypass the lock in Russia.”
But it surely stays unclear why Telegram’s Russian issues would have an effect on the app in different areas. Durov additionally claims that the corporate has been “unable to completely adjust to GDPR for our EU-users” by the Might 25 deadline attributable to its incapacity to replace the app within the App Retailer. Which means European Telegram customers will not have the identical degree of management over their non-public knowledge as they might by utilizing one other app that is in compliance with GDPR. Additionally, the Telegram iOS app may very well be extra in danger because it is not getting bug fixes and safety patches.
Apple has one month from Might 28 to take away Telegram from the App Retailer in Russia. Ars has reached out to Apple for additional remark.