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Russian Telecom Watchdog Gives Apple One Month to Respond to Request to Remove Telegram from App Store

In April, Telegram was banned in Russia after the company refused to hand over encryption keys to the Russian government. The burden falls squarely on Apple to justify blocking global updates to Telegram, a hugely popular messaging app. The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple plans to build on its existing system for selling ads within App Store search results, enabling iOS developers to get paid to display Apple-offered ads within in-app searches.

"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", reads a message Durov sent out to all Telegram users following the release of iOS 11.4 this week. Last month, a nationwide ban was implemented on Telegram in Russian Federation following the app's refusal to offer data access to the country's intelligence community.

Durov's comments come just a day after Russia's communication watchdog once again demanded that Apple remove Telegram from the App Store.




Shortly after, Russian Federation also blocked a number of IP addresses from Amazon and Google. That increase in spending on iOS apps reflects Apple's change in its subscription model in September 2016, when the iPhone maker introduced iOS 10. "We believe we did the only possible thing, preserving the right of our users to privacy in a troubled country", Telegram Pavel Durov said on his official Telegram Channel per Reuters. "Because Apple, like other transnational companies, is a company with a high degree of red tape, we expect the reply within a month", Zharov told Interfax on Monday.

"Apple has been preventing Telegram from updating its iOS apps globally ever since the Russian authorities ordered Apple to remove Telegram from the App Store, Durov explained. We are continuing our efforts to resolve the situation", he said.

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