Apple Goes Silent, As Telegram CEO Accuses It Of Blocking Updates

Apple Goes Silent, As Telegram CEO Accuses It Of Blocking Updates

Apple Goes Silent, As Telegram CEO Accuses It Of Blocking Updates

Apple finds itself caught between the interests of encrypted messaging apps such as Telegram and Signal, which want to prevent anybody from intercepting communications between users, and governments, who want access to messages to identify security risks and other issues.

Apple's App Store generated $42.5 billion of consumer spending last year, nearly doubling in two years and outpacing the growth of app downloads, per a study by researcher App Annie that was shared with Mobile Marketer.

Apple's as-yet-unexplained blocking of Telegram updates means that, following the recent release of iOS 11.4, some existing features such as Stickers are no longer functional.

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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. 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.

It remains unclear why a Russian request would affect app updates worldwide.

"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", Durov said today. It has, at time of writing, been two months since the last update in the app store (version 4.8.1). Ars has reached out to Apple for further comment. We believe we did the only possible thing, preserving the right of our users to privacy in a troubled country. As a result, we've also been unable to fully comply with GDPR for our EU-users by the deadline of May 25, 2018.

The CEO of messaging app Telegram says the company has been unable to update its app since April - and he's blaming Apple for the holdup. "We are continuing our efforts to resolve the situation".

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