Russia asks Apple to remove Telegram from App Store


Russia’s state telecommunication regulator wants Apple and Google to remove the Telegram messenger apps from their respective app stores.

This follows a recent court decision in which a russian judge ruled that Telegram, the world’s ninth most popular messaging app, should be blocked in the country. This is due to the company’s refusal to give Russian state security services the encryption keys to access messages sent using the service.

Telegram was previously used by the Kremlin to communicate with reporters and arrange conference call with President Vladimir Putin spokesman. The Kremlin has announced that it will be migrating to another app instead.

If Apple and Google Comply with the requests to remove Telegram from their regional app stores, this won’t be the first time that it has been removed. In February, both Telegram and Telegram X vanished from the app store.

Neither, Apple or Google appears to have made public announcements about whether they will comply with the demand to remove Telegram. Removing an app as the result of a country’s request would not be unprecedented though.

At the end of last year, Skype along with several similar apps, was pulled from Apple’s iOS app store in China.

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