The popular messaging app, Telegram, hasn’t seen an App Store update since late March. On Twitter, Telegram CEO Pavel Durov had this to say:
Apple stopped approving Telegram for iOS updates globally 1,5 months ago after Russia ordered a block on Telegram. More here – https://t.co/yarcIrV2Bh
— Pavel Durov (@durov) May 31, 2018
If you aren’t using Telegram and can’t see his message, here is what it says:
Apple 2018 is a shell of its former self. Instead of providing you with empowering tools that respect your privacy it actively blocks companies like @telegram to pander to a authoritarian regime pic.twitter.com/aE5LEj9u56
— Gabriel Visser (@gvssr) May 31, 2018
We reported earlier this year that Russia had asked Apple to remove Telegram from the Russian App Store. This was after the developers refused to hand over encryption keys to the Russian government.
Because Telegram can’t update the app, some existing features (like stickers) are no longer working after the release of iOS 11.4. They’ve also not been able to release a GDPR compliant update as well.
It’s currently not clear why Russia’s ruling is causing Apple to prevent Telegram from updating the app in other regions.