The Telegram official app has been removed from the iOS App Store by Apple. Yesterday, the app just happened to disappear not too long after Telegram released a rewritten Telegram X app for Android. Telegram X, which is undergoing some tests at the moment on iOS was also removed from the Apple App Store. Telegram CEO Pavel Durov on this note said that, “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.”
The period Telegram will return to the App Store has not been clearly stated neither was the inappropriate content which was found on the messaging service stated. According to the reports we received from our sources, Apples’s iOS guidelines make it clear that there must be filters for materials that are intolerable, tools set aside to report them, and the ability to block users from the service. It seems rather possible that some contents made it through the filters that were put in place.
Telegram has increased in popularity and this is as a result of its concentration on advanced security features and the ability to hold secret conversations with endwise encryption. A lot of its rival messaging services now support end-to-end encryption, but this wasn’t the case when Telegram was first launched back in 2013. Pavel Durov is also the founder of VKontakte, Russia’s largest social network, and originally launched Telegram “to build a means of communication that can’t be accessed by the Russian security agencies.”
As a result of the private nature of messages on Telegram, it has been criticized extensively by governments around the world for being the messaging “app of choice” for terrorists. Telegram was then forced to create a team of moderators in Indonesia to remove “terrorist-related content” after its messaging app received a threat of being banned by the Indonesian government.