Apple approves first Telegram update since Russian Federation ban

Ruben Fields
June 5, 2018

Neither Apple nor Telegram is saying anything about what went on behind the scenes in the attempt to have the app unblocked, Engadget notes.

Recently Pavel Durov has updated its account on the social network, where he thanked the Apple CEO and the company itself because it provided the opportunity to update the application Telegram to the latest version.

He wrote that without updates, Telegram would not work properly with the latest version of the iPhone operating system and it was out of compliance with the new European data privacy law.

"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", Durov said.

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

The other day, recall, the Creator of Telegram, Pavel Durov expressed regret over the fact that Apple has blocked the distribution of updates for the iOS version of the messenger on a global scale.

So far, it has been mentioned that the efforts of shutting down the Telegram app have been pretty clumsy.

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After Russia's decision to block the popular messaging service, protest rallies in Moscow against what demonstrators called internet censorship drew thousands.

In a curious coincidence of timing, Telegram was banned in Russia in April after the company refused to hand over encryption keys to the Russian government.

Russia's Federal Security Service, however, didn't see things quite the same way.

Durov said, "As a result, we've also been unable to fully comply with the GDPR for our EU-users by the deadline of May 25, 2018". We hope that this issue will be worked out soon between Telegram and Apple.

Governments have stepped up pressure on technology companies to more actively police content in more forms, including applications.

Has your Telegram app been acting wonky on iPhone since downloading iOS 11.4? While not a traditional union with dues, it represented the first time a large group of developers pushed back at Apple's control of the App Store's policies.

The cloud-based instant messaging service Telegram said its iOS updating is now available.

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