Encrypted messaging app Telegram is feeling the squeeze out of Russia, the place regulators usually are not letting up of their ongoing makes an attempt to dam the app as a result of its publishers refuse to supply regulators with entry to messages on the platform.
Pavel Durov introduced in an announcement on Telegram that the iOS app could also be having points with sure options like stickers after the iOS 11.four replace this week. That is as a result of updates to the app are being prevented globally, he stated, by Apple after the Russian regulator ordered Apple (in April) to take away Telegram from the App Store altogether. Durov stated this has additionally meant that Telegram has not been capable of subject a GDPR replace to adjust to the brand new European rules that went into impact final week.
For now, Telegram continues to be within the App Store, albeit with an out-of-date, non-GDPR-compliant model of the app. And confusingly, the transfer doesn’t apply to all platforms: the Telegram app for Mac continues to be updating. Separately, Durov confirmed to TechCrunch that the identical subject shouldn’t be making use of to variations in Google Play and the Windows retailer, and that for now Telegram will keep on-line in Russia.
“Apple has been limiting us from pushing new Telegram variations since mid-April [but] we haven’t had any such points with Google Play / Microsoft Store. The Android app has been efficiently up to date many occasions over the last six weeks,” he stated. Google had obtained a request from the Russian regulator similtaneously Apple, on April 17.
In response to questions on whether or not it’s going to Telegram will get eliminated altogether, he was unequivocal that it’s going to stay it doesn’t matter what occurs with the shops. “Telegram is accessible in Russia due to the built-in anti-censorship tools,” he stated.
The information caps off what has been a troublesome week for Telegram. Days in the past, the Russian communications regulator Roskomnadzor (RKN) introduced that it had made a proper request to Apple to cease distributing the app, and in addition to cease enabling push notifications for individuals who have already got the app downloaded in Russia.
Durov’s full assertion, plus some extra backstory under that:
“Unfortunately, some Telegram features, such as stickers, don’t work correctly under iOS 11.4 that was just released – even though we fixed this issue weeks ago,” Durov wrote minutes in the past in his Telegram channel.
“Apple has been stopping Telegram from updating its iOS apps globally ever because the Russian authorities ordered Apple to take away Telegram from the App Store. Russia…