The reason Apple pulled Telegram was more serious than we thought
by Cosmin Vasile / Feb 05, 2018, 1:38 PM
Telegram creator Pavel Durov immediately reacted to Apple's decision to take down the app by saying that he plans to implement protections that would prevent “inappropriate content” from being distributed via the chat app.
At that time, we did not know the nature of the “inappropriate content” that Telegram was accused of hosting, but Apple's Phil Schiller recently responded to the question in an email addressed to one of the Telegram's users.
According to him, Telegram app for iOS was used to distribute child pornography, which is why Apple had to pull it as soon as the allegations proved to be accurate.
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F'n terrible.. but could someone explain to me if this app is about encrypted messages, how do they know what the substance of communication is?
posted on Feb 05, 2018, 2:46 PM 3
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The same content could have been sent through iMessage; what would have Apple done in that case?!
posted on Feb 05, 2018, 2:47 PM 8
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Why are you too lazy to read brosephine? "Similar to Apple’s iMessage, Telegram offers a secure messaging feature that relies on end-to-end encryption for protecting the privacy of messages sent between users. This means the illegal content was likely not simply media being shared between users but more likely content being served up from a third-party plug-in used by Telegram."
posted on Feb 05, 2018, 3:12 PM 6
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This is hypocrisy at its best. While i'm not defending telegram (i'm an avid user though), it's clear that telegram is "only" a platform which enables distribution of said child pornography. But i'm 100% sure there's more behind Apple vs Telegram than this. Because thinking that iMessage, Whatsapp, Signal, Facebook, tumblr, twitter etc are free of any type of illegal child pornography is absurd. I would like to remind that people use iphones and other smartphones to take pictures and videos also of children and then spread them. So while blocking Telegram was one consequence, apple would have to block itself as well!!
posted on Feb 06, 2018, 4:34 AM 1
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