Apple finally allows Telegram to update its iOS app
Following its country-wide ban in Russia, Apple has allegedly blocked updates from encrypted communications app, Telegram, to come through the iOS platform. Now, in an effort to be completely compliant with new GDPR privacy laws, Apple is opening Telegram’s updates a way in.
Padel Durov, the CEO of Telegram, has taken to Twitter to express his gratitude to Apple and its current CEO, Tim Cook, for letting them “deliver the latest version of @telegram to millions of users, despite the recent setbacks.” The tweet dates June 2nd.
— Pavel Durov (@durov) June 1, 2018
To those uninitiated, Telegram had gotten the ax from the Russian government sometime in April this year. The ban rooted from the app’s stern refusal to give the Kremlin access to encryption keys that would grant the nation’s Federal Security Service (FSB) access to Telegram’s user data. This meant a whole lot of legal hooplas for both Google and Apple, with the latter allegedly blocking updates from the app.
“Apple has been preventing Telegram from updating its iOS apps globally ever since the Russian authorities ordered Apple to remove Telegram from the App Store,” Durov noted in a public Telegram message on Friday, June 1st. “While Russia makes up only 7 percent of Telegram’s user base, Apple is restricting updates for all Telegram users around the world since mid-April.”
Of course, that obviously changed, seeing that Telegram is receiving its first iOS Telegram update in months. This doesn’t mean Telegram is finally off the hook. The Russian authorities seem very persistent, and there’s no foretelling whether the ban will somehow be lifted or that Russian users will be able to ever access the app again.
We’ll update you as more details emerge.