Apple Removes Telegram From App Store

Telegram’s official app has been removed from Apple’s App Store.

LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 25: A close-up view of the Telegram messaging app is seen on a smart phone on May 25, 2017 in London, England. Telegram, an encrypted messaging app, has been used as a secure communications tool by Islamic State. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)

It had been removed because it had made “inappropriate content” available to users, founder Pavel Durov said.

“Once we have protections in place we expect the apps to be back on the App Store,” he tweeted.

The removal came soon after Telegram launched an unfinished version of its “experimental” Telegram X app. Apple took down both the official messaging app and the one still being worked on.

On technology news site TechCrunch, Natasha Lomas speculated the new app could have fallen foul of Apple guidelines requiring all apps to have filtering and blocking systems as well as ways for offensive content to be removed quickly.

Telegram has been criticised by some governments for using end-to-end encryption that protects communication between users.

Some law enforcement agencies have complained this data-scrambling technique can make it hard to investigate some complex cases.

But earlier this week, a former independent reviewer of terrorism legislation for the UK government called the technology a “desirable fact of life”.

It did make some aspects of an investigation more difficult, but this was offset by the huge amount of information available from other generally less well protected sources, David Anderson added.

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