The Telegram application holds the first position in the list of encrypted messaging platforms. It goes without saying that the texting software serves as a communication tool for thousands in different fields of life. Therefore, it comes across as a surprise when Apple decided to eliminate it from the App Store. According to a report published by Gizmodo, the Cupertino technology giant removed Telegram from its App Store on Wednesday, 31st January 2018. The company claims that the removal was due to “inappropriate content” being made available to users.
Founder and CEO of Telegram Pavel Durov responded by saying, “We were alerted by Apple that inappropriate content was made available to our users and both apps have taken off from the App Store. Once we have protections in place we expect the apps to be back on the App Store.” Following given are Apple’s guidelines that app developers are expected to follow:
•A method for filtering objectionable material from being posted to the app
•A mechanism to report offensive content and timely responses to concerns
•The ability to block abusive users from the service
•Published contact information so users can easily reach you
It seems clear that Telegram violated one of these guidelines, which led to the removal of the application from the App Store. The Cupertino giant reserves the right to remove any application that ends up “being used for pornographic content, objectification of real people (e.g. “hot-or-not” voting), making physical threats, or bullying.” Therefore, this is considered as another reason for Telegram’s removal from the App Store. Another part of Apple’s guidelines stipulates that the app shouldn’t be used to “make unverifiable product claims.” Media publications attempted to get in touch with Apple, but they haven’t responded. Let’s see what changes Telegram brings with it.