Telegram: Apple has been blocked by our updates since the Russian ban

File photo: The Telegram messaging app logo is seen on a website in Singapore November 19, 2015. REUTERS/Thomas White

Has your Telegram app are that shaky on the iPhone since downloading iOS 11.4? You’re not alone.

Telegram CEO Pavel Durov on Thursday revealed that Apple is blocking the company’s iOS updates since the Russian authorities ordered Cupertino to remove the encrypted messaging app from the App Store. As a result, “a Telegram features, such as stickers, will not work properly under iOS 11.4 … although we solved this issue weeks ago,” Durov wrote.

Russian state communications watchdog, Roskomnadzor blocked Telegram on 16 April about the company’s repeated refusal to hand over the encryption keys for the messaging service. The land of the Federal Security Service has been demanding access to these keys, stating Telegram use among terrorists, including a suicide bomber who killed 15 people in St. Petersburg in April 2017.

“We believe that We did, the only thing there is, with preservation of the right of our users to privacy in a troubled country,” Durov wrote today. “Unfortunately, Apple will not side with us. While Russia only 7 percent of the Telegram of the userbase, Apple is restricting updates to all Telegram users around the world since mid-April.”

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Apple’s decision to Telegram updates also prevents the app-maker is able to fully comply with the European Union General data protection Regulation, which entered into force on May 25, Durov added.

“We will continue our efforts to resolve the situation and will keep you informed,” he wrote.

Apple has not immediately respond to PCMag’s request for comment.

Since the block, the Russian users have flocked to the VPN services continue to use Telegram. Russia has reportedly responded by blocking Vpns, but the Russians continue to search for new ways, turning this into a cat and mouse game.

This is not a Telegram from the first run-in with Apple. In February, the iPhone maker is temporarily snatched the Telegram from the App Store over “inappropriate content.”

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