Apple removes Telegram from App Store for "inappropriate content"
Popular encrypted messaging app Telegram is currently unavailable for download on iOS. The reason - Apple has removed the service from the App Store after receiving complaints that "inappropriate content" was hosted on the platform.
The nature of the content in question is currently unknown, but what's certain is that it breached Apple's developer guidelines for iOS apps. These state that each app should have filters and mechanisms for the detection and reporting of objectionable material, as well as tools for blocking users who posted such content from the app.
Telegram X (a new app that was tested on iOS but is official for Android) on the App Store. Users then took to Twitter to ask Telegram creator Pavel Durov about the strange turn of events. He issued the following reply:The app's absence was first noticed on Wednesday when a Reddit thread was created by people who were unable to locate Telegram and
We were alerted by Apple that inappropriate content was made available to our users and both apps were taken off the App Store. Once we have protections in place we expect the apps to be back on the App Store.— Pavel Durov (@durov) February 1, 2018
Durov's assurance that Telegram will return to iOS is great, but unfortunately, there's no information on when that might happen. Still, given its popularity, we expect to see a comeback in the next few days.
via The Verge