Telegram apps removed from iOS App Store for ‘inappropriate content’

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Telegram, the instant messaging app that emphasizes security and privacy, has disappeared from the App Store. iPhone and iPad users who search for the app will currently only find other messaging services such as WeChat and Facebook Messenger.

Telegram and the rebuilt experimental Telegram X apps are no longer present on the Apple store. It seems that iOS users around the world, not just those in the United States, are affected.

No official reason was given as to why Telegram and Telegram X were taken down. Some users thought that Telegram might be preparing to update the apps, somehow causing Apple to remove them by accident. Others suspected it might be related to yesterday’s announcement of Telegram X for Android. But it seems that the decision has nothing to do with the updates.

Responding to a question from a Twitter user, founder Pavel Durov said that the apps violated Apple’s policies on inappropriate content. He added that they should return once the protections are in place.

“We have been alerted by Apple that inappropriate content has been made available to our users and both apps have been removed from the App Store. Once we have safeguards in place, we expect apps are back on the App Store,” Durov explained in his post. .

According to Apple’s Disturbing or Abusive Content Guidelines, “Apps with user-generated content or services that end up being used primarily for pornographic content, objectification of real people (e.g. voting “hot-or-not”), making physical threats, or bullying does not belong in the App Store and may be removed without notice.”

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