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Telegram CEO says Apple has blocked blocking updates under fight with Russian authorities



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Apple seems to have given in and continued the encrypted text and voice messaging service to make sure its app complies with the new European Community privacy legislation, just days after CEO Pavel Durov claimed that Apple was preventing it Release of Telegram Updates Worldwide at the behest of Russian Censors

Per the Verge thanked Durov Apple and its CEO Tim Cook on Friday night, "that we were able to deliver the latest version of @telegram to millions of users despite the recent setbacks." 19659004] Telegram first fell into conflict with the Russian authorities when it refused to forward its encryption keys to the country's federal security service (FSB, one of the successor organizations to the KGB of the Soviet Union), as called for in the 2016 anti-terror laws , In April, Russian courts ruled that the service was blocked nationwide, which the authorities zealously tried by blocking millions of IP addresses connected to Amaz on web services and Google Cloud servers.

The result was that Russian Internet users experienced massive website failures, although both Amazon and Google later had enough and blocked a domain-fronting technique to avoid the prohibitions. Durov said that since March, Apple has blocked updates to Telegram in every country – a big headache as the DSGVO came into effect in late May and Telegram could risk substantial fines without compliance updates.

"Apple has prevented the updating of Telegram's iOS apps worldwide since the Russian authorities ordered Apple to remove telegrams from the App Store," Durov wrote. "While Russia accounts for only 7 percent of Telegram's user base, Apple has been limiting updates to all Telegram users worldwide since mid-April."

As Verge notes, Apple does not seem to have followed the statements alleged by the authorities to issue a legally binding order to remove Telegram from the Russian version of the App Store within a month. But given that Apple has in the past met the demands of local authorities, where a successful legal battle is a great opportunity, Telegram can not count on much help from their corner when the going gets tough.

[Apple] is a legally binding letter waiting for their legally binding answer, "said Alexander Zharov, head of the Russian communications office Roskomnadzor to Interfax." Since Apple, like other transnational corporations, is a bureaucratic company, we expect a response within a month. "[19659004] [The Verge]


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