Apple has blocked updates to Telegram since April

Russian Telecom Watchdog Gives Apple One Month to Respond to Request to Remove Telegram from App Store

Russian Telecom Watchdog Gives Apple One Month to Respond to Request to Remove Telegram from App Store

Pavel Durov has announced that Telegram app for iOS is no longer updating after the iOS 11.4 update this week: updates are being "prevented" by Apple after the Russian regulator ordered Apple to remove Telegram from the App Store altogether.

A little over a month ago, Russian authorities started blocking messaging service Telegram in the country as the organization behind the app refused to share the encryption keys for its users' private conversations. It usually takes around a week for Apple to either approve an app or give some indication as to why it has been rejected. On average, these users have more than 100 apps installed on their devices, while they use over 40 each month. "While Russia makes up only 7 per cent of Telegram's userbase, Apple is restricting updates for all Telegram users around the world since mid-April". Ars has reached out to Apple for further comment. As yet, neither have responded.

However, Telegram's Durov now says, the issue goes beyond just Russian users of the app.

Durov also claims the lack of app updates mean Telegram has also "been unable to fully comply with GDPR" before the May 25th deadline. "We are continuing our efforts to resolve the situation".

"Sorry for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience".

Apple is looking to expand its digital advertising business by showing ads for the App Store within third-party apps, according to reports.

Its hopping had the unintended outcome of RKN knocking out entire swathes of IP addresses to stop Telegram, some 19 million at its peak, causing a number of other services to go down as well.

But despite the attention, it is unclear how this might have translated to usage and app installs. It has attracted more than 200 million users since its launch by Durov and his brother Nikolai in 2013.

This comes after Roskomnadzor-Russia's Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology, and Mass Media-ordered a block of the messaging app in the country in April.

The crackdown on Telegram resulted in the blocking of IP addresses from cloud services providers, including Google and Amazon, in Russian Federation.

App Annie's study highlights several interesting trends in the iOS market that will shape the way apps are marketed on Apple's App Store. But it seems the impact of those demands is being felt worldwide.

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