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The allegation comes after Russian Federation demanded a ban on Telegram in April, when the app-maker refused to hand over the keys to its encrypted chats.

Apple has run into similar criticism in China, after the company removed virtual private networks, apps that allowed users to avoid the country's online censorship, from its App Store in China. The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple plans to build on its existing system for selling ads within App Store search results, enabling iOS developers to get paid to display Apple-offered ads within in-app searches.

Apple's as-yet-unexplained blocking of Telegram updates means that, following the recent release of iOS 11.4, some existing features such as Stickers are no longer functional. The reason the Russian government wants Apple to remove Telegram from its App Store is because Telegram wouldn't provide it with the app's decryption keys. Durov claims that Apple has blocked Telegram updates worldwide since it received a legally-binding letter from Russia's communications watchdog ordering a ban.

The crackdown on Telegram resulted in the blocking of IP addresses from cloud services providers, including Google and Amazon, in Russian Federation.

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Others who found social media harmful cited the potential for online bullying , spreading of false information and addiction. Teens cut use of Facebook for Snapchat , YouTube, and Instagram , according to Pew Research Center.


Apple did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Some other App Store fun facts, courtesy of App Annie: The top three markets are, in order, the U.S., China, and Japan.

Contrarily to the likes of Facebook and Google, whose business models are based on knowing enough about their users to serve effective advertisements, Apple says it doesn't need to know our most intimate details.

He went on to allege that Apple had "prevented" updates to the Telegram app on a global basis after Russian officials ordered the platform removed from Tim Cook's walled garden. We believe we did the only possible thing, preserving the right of our users to privacy in a troubled country. "We are continuing our efforts to resolve the situation", the exec added. Russia's Federal Security Service wanted access to Telegram's users' encrypted messages, saying it was necessary to monitor potential terrorists.


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