Telegram CEO Durov: 'Apple Didn't Side With
May 31, 2018
Telegram CEO and founder Pavel Durov says
Apple has prevented the popular messaging service from updating globally
since Russian authorities "ordered" the U.S. mobile-phone giant to
remove Telegram from its app store.
Durov made the announcement on his official Telegram Channel on May 31,
days after Russia's communications regulator said it had asked Apple to
help it block Telegram in the country.
"Unfortunately, Apple didnít side with us," Durov added, referring to
Telegram's refusal to provide access to its encrypted communications to
Russia's security agencies.
Roskomnadzor, the Russian communications regulator, said on May 28 that
it had sent a letter to Apple asking that it to no longer make the free
Telegram app available for download in Russia.
It said the U.S. firm was also asked to block push notifications for
Telegram users in Russia, ensuring that Apple phone and tablet users do
not receive alerts about new messages and rendering the application less
Roskomnadzor said in its letter that Apple officials should "inform us
as soon as possible about your company's further actions to resolve the
problematic issue" with Telegram or face a "possible action by the
A Moscow court last month banned Telegram following a long-running
battle with authorities over its refusal to provide decryption keys for
all its usersí communications.
ban has provoked repeated protests in Russia by thousands who use and
support the popular messaging service.
Russian officials have claimed the ban against Telegram is justified
because the service has been used in the planning of terror attacks
around the world.
Durov on May 31 vowed to preserve "the right of our users to privacy in
a troubled country.Ē
Telegram lets people exchange messages, stickers, photos, and videos in
groups of up to 5,000 people. It has attracted more than 200 million
users since its launch by Durov and his brother Nikolai in 2013.
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