Telegram and Telegram X disappear from the App Store over “inappropriate content”

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Have you been trying to download Telegram and Telegram X from the App Store without any breakthrough? You won’t find those two parallel apps for iOS on the App Store because they have been taken off the store for reason bothering on posting of inappropriate content.

This much was made known by CEO Pavel Durov after he was alerted to the removal of the apps by Apple on Wednesday.

We were alerted by Apple that inappropriate content was made available to our users and both apps were taken off the App Store,” Durov said on Twitter, per The Next Web. “Once we have protections in place we expect the apps to be back on the App Store.”

Telegram on Thursday launched Telegram X, which is a complete rebuild of its major app with a new code base. The new app lacks all the legacy components that are currently present in the older Telegram app.

It is not clear what the exact content was that led to the removal of the two apps from the App Store. However, new users can only wish that this doesn’t take too long.

Telegram recently had its services restored after it was suspended by authorities in Iran. The ban came amidst strong resistance in Iran where millions of people took to the streets to protest. Not quite of a surprise that as the action drew reaction from the US government.

Undersecretary of State Steve Goldstein said a few weeks ago that the United States wants Iran to “open these sites,” per the New York Daily. Describing the activities of Telegram as “legitimate avenues for communication,” Goldstein called on Iranian authorities to restore the services of the messaging app.

The Iranian government hinged its decision to block the messaging apps on security. According to state-run media, the move was encouraged by the need to “maintain tranquility and security of society.”

Apparently, authorities in that country followed that line of action in response to widespread protests in Iran. Not the first time though—Facebook was banned in 2009 by the Iranian government after protests erupted following the reelection of president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Blocks, suspensions and threats of outright bans are nothing new to Telegram. The app has a long history of being on the wrong sides of government authorities—Russia, Indonesia and the rest.

Last July, the messaging app bowed to pressure from authorities in Indonesia as it agreed to block all terrorist-related content. This came on the heels of threat issued by authorities in that country, threatening to block the chat app from being able to carry out its services.

Telegram is one of the most used messaging apps apparently because of its encryption feature. Against all odds, the messaging app has been holding its own against WhatsApp and other major players in the market, and continues to be the app of choice for many activists.


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Author: Ola Ric

Ola Ric is a professional tech writer. He has written and provided tons of published articles for professionals and private individuals. He is also a social commentator and analyst, with relevant experience in the use of social media services.

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