Apple takes on the Kremlin, approves new update for Telegram

Apple takes on the Kremlin, approves new update for Telegram
Russia has been trying to get Apple to remove messaging app Telegram from the App Store. A day after Telegram founder Pavel Durov called out the tech giant for failing to update the app globally, Apple allowed it to go through. Durov disseminated a tweet earlier today, thanking Apple and its CEO Tim Cook for "letting us deliver the latest version of @telegram to millions of users." Allowing the Telegram app to be updated angered the Russians, who say that Telegram won't help the Kremlin intercept messages that are sent using the platform.

While Apple did not comply with Russia's demands that it remove Telegram from the App Store, it also appeared to be in no hurry to approve the update which has been in the review stage since April. This led Mr. Durov to believe that Apple was taking Moscow's side in the dispute. Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) had demanded Telegram's encryption keys, a request that was naturally declined. The FSB wanted the keys to help it intercept conversations between certain individuals and groups.

Earlier this year, the federal agency in Russia responsible for censoring communications, Roskomnadzor, won court approval to ban Telegram. The agency then sent letters to Apple and Google demanding that the app be removed from the App Store and the Google Play Store. A second letter to Apple sent last month repeated the demand to remove Telegram from the App Store, and also requested that Apple block the app's push notifications sent to users in Russia.

The Roskomnadzor is giving Apple one month to comply with its demands. If Apple fails to do so, the agency told Apple that it will block all App Store "distribution" in Russia. Apple does have a history of caving to foreign governments. Last summer, the company removed VPN apps from the App Store in China after being told to do so by Beijing. And last month, Apple starting preparing developers of apps using CallKit (Apple's dialer interface made available for third party apps) to make changes after the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Technology requested that CallKit be deactivated in all apps available in China's App Store.


source: @durov via AppleInsider

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40 Comments

1. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Let's see how long Apple lasts here. At least in the case of Android it's no big deal since you can sideload it. Let's see if Tim has the balls to back up their BS on privacy and security or are profits the only religion at Cupertino.

3. tangbunna

Posts: 480; Member since: Sep 29, 2016

it will not last long for a bunch of people. but the rest still sniff and eat apple it daily.

4. RevolutionA

Posts: 397; Member since: Sep 30, 2017

Why the hell someone wanna use a crap, if they already have iMessage. People can't use their device for the full nowadays.

6. NateDiaz

Posts: 1088; Member since: Mar 03, 2018

No one uses Telegram not counting Islamic State terrorists.

17. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

I can't tell if you are being sarcastic or moronic...

24. NateDiaz

Posts: 1088; Member since: Mar 03, 2018

Chill fella. How Telegram Became The App Of Choice For ISIS | HuffPosthttps://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/isis-telegram-app_us_59259254e4b0ec129d3136d5

25. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

There is a difference between a certain app is used ONLY by terrorists or is used as well by terrorists. Telegram is quite popular with non-terrorists. Or would you suggest there are at least 200 million terrorists in the world https://telegram.org/blog

28. NateDiaz

Posts: 1088; Member since: Mar 03, 2018

More than 200 million.

29. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

More than 200 million what?

35. Behyjoon

Posts: 39; Member since: Oct 19, 2016

Yes they do, in Iran it's the daily usage app and have 40 million users. Also It's the best messaging app i have used so far...

43. rromerof

Posts: 57; Member since: Nov 28, 2012

According to your thinking, that makes me a terrorist, so now I will look for you to blow you up.

44. rromerof

Posts: 57; Member since: Nov 28, 2012

Yours are only prejudices.

16. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Because iMessage is limited to iPhone users and you may not have friends that use Android, but there are plenty of people who know Android users whom they like to contact.

21. RevolutionA

Posts: 397; Member since: Sep 30, 2017

Most real Apple users prefer Apple friends to Android. Maintaining the class.

22. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Hahaha you're sarcastic right? If not, wow pitiful you. In my country, there is no class difference between Apple users and Android users. Most use Whatsapp anyway and don't limit themselves to iMessage.

26. IT-Engineer

Posts: 545; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

Well, I have a Porsche Design Android handset, you only have your cheap iPhone. I will unfriend you, so low class. Meh

27. NateDiaz

Posts: 1088; Member since: Mar 03, 2018

You have nothing mate, sit down.

30. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

At least he has a sense of humour, mate

34. RevolutionA

Posts: 397; Member since: Sep 30, 2017

Sure you are an Asian.

36. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Nope I am Dutch

37. NateDiaz

Posts: 1088; Member since: Mar 03, 2018

If that's sense of humour I definitely don't want that fella.

38. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

No worries there then ;)

39. IT-Engineer

Posts: 545; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

Look you sound like a teenager talking and insulting others. But saying it's ok to be friends or not depending on whether people are using Apple or Android is just like saying I come from a rich class in society and I don't want friends from the normal class in society. This is backwards thinking and despicable. But to add to your point, there are Android handsets more expensive than any iPhone, and I change my phone every 6 months, in total I pay around 1600$ a year for phones. But that will never let me judge people on what technology they use or not, it's people's core that makes me take a decision whether to be friends with or not, not their phones or their economy. When you grow up, hopefully you will reach to the same conclusion

41. NateDiaz

Posts: 1088; Member since: Mar 03, 2018

I change phones once a year. 22 years old achieved a lot more than you did when you were this age. If you don't wanna be friends with someone then don't no one gives a f**k who you're friends with and no one's dying to be friends with you.

42. IT-Engineer

Posts: 545; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

You just proved my point, might be that your 22 or not, but you still have the mindset of a ill mannered teenager. Good luck in your life kid.

2. rouyal

Posts: 1582; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

I know people like to bash the FBI for spying, but I couldn’t imagine living under the thumb of a govt like Russia. Or even those nanny Euro states that don’t have free speech under the guise of “hate speech” and can be jailed. Or countries that won’t allow their citizens to keep arms. Unsure if people in those countries are strong, or easily thumbed. It’s not perfect, and liberals are trying to destroy it, but I’m glad my a** is in the good ol’ USA.

5. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Free speech doesn't give you the right to prejudice others; you can say whatever you want in EU as long as you understand that you are going to pay the price of the things you say. Every country in the EU allows its citizens to carry arms; the difference between EU and the US is that we make sure the number of dumb hillbillies that carry weapons here is at least smaller than the same number there. Is it better? Most of the times.

11. rouyal

Posts: 1582; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

Actually free speech does give you the right to prejudice others, especially if it’s the truth. Sure, you can get consequences like losing your job, but the govt can’t stifle your speech. It’s regulated by the society. You don’t know what free speech is living under your oppressive nanny govt. They tell you what to think, what to say. You don’t know any better. It’s upsetting how you can defend it. Stockholm syndrome comes to mind. “Hate speech” is subjective and a dangerous slippery law. Can you be arrested for mocking hillbillies as “dumb”? Sounded like hate speech to me, you should be arrested. I’m not going to debate on the arms laws in the EU because you are being facetious.

12. whatev

Posts: 2267; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Apple does something in favor of their users, android trolls come to do their thing as usual, google or Samsung do the opposite, android trolls make excuses and find an explanation to the unjustified, these annoying insects will never give up ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

19. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Pot calling the kettle black....

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