Last week, reports about Apple abruptly removing the Telegram apps from its App Store appeared. At the time the exact reason behind the step was not known, except that it had something to do with “inappropriate content.” Now, according to a 9to5Mac report, Apple removed Telegram after the app was found serving up child pornography to users. Also Read - Apple shines in June quarter, posts record sales for iPhones, Macs and iPadsAlso Read - Friendship Day gifting ideas for your young tech-savvy besties under Rs 5,000
According to an email written by Phil Schiller, the company got to know that the apps contained child pornography. Apple immediately verified the existence of the content and removed the app from its stores. Apple then notified Telegram and the authorities, including the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Telegram apps were only allowed to be restored to the App Store after Telegram removed the inappropriate content and reportedly banned the users who posted it. The Telegram app was reinstalled to the App store later that day. Also Read - Apple releases important iOS 14.7.1 update: iPhone users must download it right now
“The App Store team worked with the developer to have them remove this illegal content from the apps and ban the users who posted this horrible content,” the email reads. “Only after it was verified that the developer had taken these actions and put in place more controls to keep this illegal activity from happening again were these apps reinstated on the App Store.”
Apple’s email states that the company will take “swift action” whenever it’s alerted to inappropriate content in any app available on the App Store. Here, it is worth noting that the competition messaging apps such as WhatsApp now supports end-to-end-encryption which is not the case with Telegram, which debuted in 2013.