Apple bans controversial messaging app Telegram

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Apple recently banned Telegram, the controversial messaging app from their official App Store.

Telegram founder Pavel Durov posted on twitter to explain what had happened, “We were alerted by Apple that inappropriate content was made available to our users and both apps were taken off the App Store,” further adding, “Once we have protections in place we expect the apps to be back on the App Store.”

The move by Apple would indicate the app has breached content guidelines for the Apple Store.

The company’s iOS App guidelines state that pornographic or apps which promote and allow abusive content “does not belong in the App Store and may be removed without notice”.

The exclusion coincided with the launch of a new version of their app named Telegram X, this beta version was set to feature improved battery life and more fluid and faster animations.

The app was built with 256-bit encryption encoding and can handle larger chats and channels of up to 50,000 users.

A Secret Chat service is also offered where messages are instantly deleted after being sent, this ensures no one apart from the original user has access to the message.

The app has come under major criticisms and has been accused of becoming a safe haven for paedophiles and the harbouring of terrorist organisations who usually hide in the ‘Dark Web’.

Telegram has also been used as a voice for protest groups in countries under state oppression, the most recent being Iran, when, during anti-government protests, the app was banned.

Telegram is now back in the Apple App Store after the temporary ban.

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