Secure messaging app Telegram accused Apple on Thursday of blocking its updates for users worldwide after Russian authorities imposed a ban on Telegram for refusing to hand over keys to decrypt messages.
Apple has stopped approving Telegram for iOS updates globally, according to CEO Pavel Durov.
Popular iPhone and Android chat app Telegram ran into some serious issues with the Russian government, which banned the app a few weeks ago, taking additional steps to prevent users from accessing it.
The report adds that the new ad effort would expand on the "nearly $1 billion" business of search ads, which it introduced to the App Store in 2016. Durov promises that the team continues to work on overcoming the issue.
Apple did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Durov's claims. The allegation comes after Russian Federation demanded a ban on Telegram in April, when the app-maker refused to hand over the keys to its encrypted chats.
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GDPR is the European Union regulation on data protection and privacy for all individuals within EU, also addressing the export of personal data outside the EU.
The crackdown on Telegram resulted in the blocking of IP addresses from cloud services providers, including Google and Amazon, in Russian Federation. "Because Apple, like other transnational companies, is a company with a high degree of red tape, we expect the reply within a month", Zharov told Interfax on Monday. We believe we did the only possible thing, preserving the right of our users to privacy in a troubled country.
In a legally binding letter sent to Apple this week, Russian gov states: "In order to avoid possible action by Roskomnadzor for violations of the functioning of the above-mentioned Apple Inc. service, we ask you to inform us as soon as possible about your company's further actions to resolve the problematic issue", the regulator wrote.
"While Russia makes up only 7 percent of Telegram's userbase, Apple is restricting updates for all Telegram users around the world since mid-April", he went on to explain.
"Sorry for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience".