The Telegram messaging service reports Apple has prevented global updates since April 2018, founder and chief executive Pavel Durov said this week on Twitter and Telegram. He claims the issue began when Russia blocked Telegram and demanded Apple delete it from the App Store.
Russia banned Telegram back in April when the app refused to provide decryption keys for users’ communication with Russian security agencies, Durov explained in a statement on his official Telegram channel, Reuters reports. He claims in doing this, Telegram was “preserving the right of our users to privacy in a troubled country.”
The Telegram app is still available on Apple’s App Store but hasn’t been able to deliver technical updates to installed versions anywhere in the world, Durov says. Without updates, the app won’t work on the latest version of iOS and does not comply with the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which went into effect last week. Russia only makes up 7% of all Telegram users; however, Durov says updates are being restricted for everyone.
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