Pavel Durov, the founder of Russian social networking website VK and now Telegram messenger took to his personal Telegram channel to call out Apple. Durov stated that Apple is not allowing the instant messaging and VoIP service to update its iOS app globally. He pointed out that this started when Russian authorities asked the tech giant to take off Telegram from its App Store. Telegrams’ refusal to provide decryption keys of communications of all its users to Russian security agencies as the reason for this turn of events.
Durov issued this statement to address the bugs that iOS users are facing while using Telegram after upgrading to the latest version, iOS 11.4 that Apple just launched. he added that the company had already fixed these issues “weeks ago.” He said that “Apple didn’t side with us” in this case stating that the company is “restricting updates for all Telegram users around the world since mid-April.” This is the reason that Telegram has been unable to fully comply with the GDPR for its users in the European Union.
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Telegram is “continuing” its efforts to ensure that this situation is resolved without any delay. Apple has not issued any official statement in response to this public complaint by Telegram. The issue at hand concerns user data privacy and encryption, something that Apple is taken a strong stance towards in the past.
This silence goes against its previous position which is really out of character for Apple. The company had previously taken on the federal government of the United States of America in a case where FBI wanted assistance in breaking in a number of iPhones regarding a number of criminal investigations and prosecutions.