The reason Apple pulled Telegram was more serious than we thought

The reason Apple pulled Telegram was more serious than we thought
Last week, Apple removed the Telegram from the App Store saying that it received complaints claiming “inappropriate content” was hosted on the chat platform.

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.


The good news is Telegram made it back to App Store several hours later after having implemented the necessary protections to prevent the app from being used to distribute illegal content.

source: 9to5mac

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14 Comments

1. Anonymous.

Posts: 423; Member since: Jun 15, 2016

Sigh...

2. bucknassty

Posts: 1291; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

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?

8. Vilpi

Posts: 7; Member since: Jun 19, 2017

I guess this has been for Public Channels and that's how Apple was able to check the content. No one can find out what you send in a p2p message.

3. Leo_MC

Posts: 6349; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

The same content could have been sent through iMessage; what would have Apple done in that case?!

4. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1296; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

I'm pretty sure that is happening, as well as with every other messaging service. If it's on their own platforms, Apple of course won't do anything about it.

5. Ninetysix

Posts: 2933; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

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."

6. whatev

Posts: 2112; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Drag her, she just wants to troll

12. Leo_MC

Posts: 6349; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

The article lacks the info you have provided.

9. Vilpi

Posts: 7; Member since: Jun 19, 2017

I think the content should have been posted in a Channel, not between two individuals.

7. matistight

Posts: 911; Member since: May 13, 2009

Well they might need to get rid of every messaging app and web browser then.

10. DavidDau

Posts: 29; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

I highly appreciate their actions and response. Our children deserve to have a better place for their lives.

11. gravityron

Posts: 46; Member since: Aug 07, 2012

(rolls eyes) Telegram is a honeypot.

13. franzfifty

Posts: 36; Member since: Feb 01, 2018

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!!

14. JoshuaDK1984

Posts: 24; Member since: Apr 01, 2017

But why has Apple not taken down Facebook Messenger? It is currently in the media spotlight in Denmark in a case against 1004 teenager arrested for sharing child pornography.

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