Apple has prevented the Telegram messaging service from updating globally ever since Russian Federation ordered Apple to remove the service from its stores, Telegram's CEO and founder said on Thursday.
Attention to the lack of upgrades grew after Telegram users complained that some of the app's features ceased working with the release of iOS 11.4 this week.
Apple has apparently been preventing updates for Telegram users worldwide following the ban on the app in Russian Federation. It usually takes around a week for Apple to either approve an app or give some indication as to why it has been rejected. The company has one month to remove the app completely from its App Store for Russian users. Back in April he was thanking the Jesus phone-flinger (along with Google, Amazon and Microsoft) "for not taking part in political censorship".
Apple did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Even after a Russian court ruled that the app should be blocked in Russian territories, Telegram refused to hand over encryption keys that would give Russian officials access to user data.
"As a result, we've also been unable to fully comply with GDPR for our European Union users by the deadline of 25 May 2018".
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"We sent them [Apple] a legally binding letter and are awaiting their legally binding reply".
But despite the attention, it is unclear how this might have translated to usage and app installs. Earlier this week, speaking to local newspapers, director of Roskomnadzor (Russia's Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology, and Mass Media) said that the country has asked Apple to help Russia block Telegram.