Telegram Finally Releases iOS App Update After Two Months

Telegram: Apple has blocked our updates since Russian ban

If the ban had become permanent, Telegram would have grown unsafe over time as security flaws were discovered but unable to be patched through the normal update process.

Telegram creator Pavel Durov thanked Apple for lifting the ban on its updating.

"This is a troubling state of affairs because users may be forcefully exposed to a range of subjectively undesirable content that they would never have signed up for otherwise, which can be particularly damaging, especially in situations where malicious actors attempt to intimidate, disparage, harass or harm individuals in any way", they wrote.

Apple also added a new section that requires apps to implement "appropriate security measures" for handling user data - a rule that could allow it to boot out shadier applications. Apple has thus far resisted a Russian order that month to remove the application from the store entirely, and the update delay sparked concern that Apple was moving to appease authorities there. There was a GDPR deadline that the iOS app missed due to the fact that the app can not update in Apple's App Store.

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The watchdog also requested Apple no longer make the app available for download in Russian Federation.

"While Russia makes up only 7 per cent of Telegram's userbase, Apple is restricting updates for all Telegram users around the world since mid-April", Durov said. On Friday, Apple did not respond to requests for comment.

When Russia blocked the popular message service, users rallied in Moscow and they called the block as Internet censorship. The system would mean that users who search in Pinterest's app for "drapes" might see an Apple-pushed ad for an interior-design app, or Snapchat users entering "NFL" as a search term might see an ad for a ticket-reseller app, for example.

"App updates are essential to bolster the security of users and their data, and to comply with privacy laws and regulation", said Peter Micek, general counsel of non-profit digital rights group Access Now.

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