SAN FRANCISCO – Apple has approved an updated version of the Telegram News Service the day after Telegram complained that software enhancements could not fall into the hands of iPhone owners worldwide.
Telegram Chief Executive Pavel Durov announced Calling on Twitter, thanks to Apple and CEO Tim Cook for the latest Telegram version to receive "millions of users, despite the recent setbacks."
On Thursday, Durov had said Apple had allowed in its App Store since April to allow updates. Apple has so far resisted a Russian order this month to completely remove the application from the store, and the update delay caused concerns that Apple would appease the authorities there.
Without an update, not all telegram features worked on the latest iPhone software, and Telegram also said it violated new European privacy laws.
If the ban had become permanent, Telegram would have become unsafe over time as security flaws were discovered but could not be patched by the normal update process.
Neither Apple nor Telegram explained the reason for the previous lack of approval or cancellation. Apple did not respond to requests for comments on Friday.
Apple's control over the applications in its store allows it to inspect, approve, or reject any new version, including fixes that fix minor technical issues. If an updated version of the software is not approved, it can not be distributed through the App Store.
"Russia banned Telegram in April on its territory because we refused to provide decryption keys for communication of all users with Russian security agencies," said Durov on Thursday. The Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) said it needed to protect itself from security threats
After Russia's decision to block the popular news service, demonstrators in Moscow protested what the protesters called Internet censorship. Telegram challenges the blockade on Russian courts.
Governments have increased the pressure on technology companies to more actively protect content in more forms, including applications.
In China, Apple has recently suspended virtual private network applications and New York removes Times from its digital marketplace
Apple has publicly stated that it would notify developers if applications were removed at the request of a government that it would If possible, and that this would be done from the second half of this year, the number of applications for removal of notifications is noted in periodic transparency.
None of them would necessarily cover the limitations of the updates.
Joseph Menn's coverage in San Francisco, additional reports by Jack Stubbs in London