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. 

The app's absence was first noticed on Wednesday when a Reddit thread was created by people who were unable to locate Telegram and 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:

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12 Comments

3. iLovesarcasm

Posts: 589; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

Because iOS 11 can't run heavy apps like Telegram.

4. iushnt

Posts: 3105; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

But telegram is not heavy.

14. worldpeace

Posts: 3133; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

It's heavy enough for iOS11

8. Locksmith0xF

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 01, 2018

I don't see the point in using Telegram anyway. I mean, it has a lot of (mostly unnecessary) function but it fails to protect your privacy which was its original goal in the first place. To all Telegram user that are affected, I recommend that you pack your stuff and change to a messenger that is actually secure like Signal or even better Threema.

9. PopeFrancis

Posts: 110; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

Why is it not secure?

11. iushnt

Posts: 3105; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Don’t listen to him, it’s secure and awesome platform.

13. PopeFrancis

Posts: 110; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

I know, I use it and I like it a lot. I just wanted to hear his (probably unfounded) reasons.

15. cavto

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 02, 2018

I won't paste links, just google "telegram encryption flaws" and look for links at gizmodo and freecodecamp. Conclusions: use Signal or Threema. All others are not secure (broken encryption or not used by default, like Telegram, Messenger, Allo) or owners collect a lot of info about you (who you contacted, when, etc, eg. Whatsapp)

16. PopeFrancis

Posts: 110; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

Thanks for the answer.

10. An.Awesome.Guy

Posts: 636; Member since: Jan 12, 2015

It is open source and it has end to end encryption . So why isn't it secure?

12. NocturnalEvil

Posts: 39; Member since: Mar 11, 2015

Aaaaaand it's back along with Telegram X.

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