Apple approves iOS update of 'Telegram' app

Telegram: Apple has blocked our updates since Russian ban

"Version 4.8.2 apps Telegram for iOS", - stated in the message on Twitter.

Apple has said publicly that it would notify developers when apps were removed at a government's request, that it would limit takedowns to specific countries when possible, and that beginning in the second half of this year it would note in periodic transparency reports the number of requests for app removals. Because of the lack of update, some of the app's features would not work, like the stickers.

On April 16, Roskomnadzor, the Russian state communications watchdog, blocked the app because it failed to hand over its encryption keys to its service. It mentioned that terrorists use it. We hope that this issue will be worked out soon between Telegram and Apple. From the middle of April instant messenger users could not update it to the latest version.

The privacy and level of security for those in the European Union is going to be much lower, since the app is unable to comply with the GDPR.

"We are continuing our efforts to resolve the situation and will keep you updated", he wrote. In total, Russian Federation accounts for about 7 percent of the user base for Telegram.

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Telegram CEO Pavel Durov on Thursday revealed that Apple has been blocking the company's iOS updates ever since Russian authorities ordered Cupertino to remove the encrypted messaging app from its App Store.

Durov thanked Apple and Tim Cook for allowing his team to deliver the latest version of Telegram to millions of users. The app can now comply with the new data privacy laws in Europe. Apparently, Apple has finally given in and allowed the app to push through updates. Because of that, it can inspect, approve or deny each version of an app. It already sells some based on search terms in the App Store and that has proven to be a revenue stream worth over a billion dollars for the company in 2017.

The ban has provoked repeated protests in Russian Federation by thousands who use and support the widely used messaging service. And the demonstration drew thousands of participants.

As for why the ban occurred in the first place, it likely had something to do with Russia's decision to block the app's use in the country in April.

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