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Messaging App Telegram Pulled From Apple's App Store Due To 'Inappropriate Content' (theverge.com) 86

An anonymous reader shares a report: Apple has removed Telegram's official app from its iOS App Store. The app disappeared yesterday, shortly after Telegram launched a rewritten Telegram X app for Android. Telegram X is currently in testing on iOS, and it was also removed from the App Store. "We were alerted by Apple that inappropriate content was made available to our users and both apps were taken off the App Store," says Telegram CEO Pavel Durov. "Once we have protections in place we expect the apps to be back on the App Store."
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Messaging App Telegram Pulled From Apple's App Store Due To 'Inappropriate Content'

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  • ICO anyone? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by GeekWithAKnife ( 2717871 ) on Thursday February 01, 2018 @10:55AM (#56047103)

    Couldn't be due to the ICO for telegram and potentially allowing telegram tokens transferred through encrypted chat that cannot be eavesdropped on?

    Good guess? :-)
  • by xvan ( 2935999 ) on Thursday February 01, 2018 @11:03AM (#56047155)
    What can be inappropriate about a messenger app?
    • by TWX ( 665546 ) on Thursday February 01, 2018 @11:04AM (#56047163)

      Have you seen some of the screencaps pulled from Snapchat?

    • by Hal_Porter ( 817932 ) on Thursday February 01, 2018 @11:26AM (#56047283)

      Google pulled gab.ai from the Play store because gab.ai didn't have a censorship policy that Google approved of. So did Apple.

      https://www.scribd.com/documen... [scribd.com]

      • Difference is that the Android version could be distributed via APK in other, easy ways whereas the Apple version is pretty much fucked.
        • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

          by Anonymous Coward
          We don't use the initials A P K around here...
        • And if you read the document I linked to they explain why that is not the same thing as having it available from the Play Store on page 13 onwards.

          It reminds me a bit of the Chinese Communist Party apologist line that 'well you can access blocked websites via VPN', before the CCP decided to have a crackdown on VPNs. Yeah, you can but not many people do. And websites that need to be accessed via VPN have a competitive disadvantage to ones that you can access without one.

          I.e. you don't need to have an absolut

          • I have no idea what you're getting at, but okay... all I was trying to say was that as an Android user, I don't have to fear Mama Google pulling away apps, because the developer has the option to release the program as an APK and distribute the software that way. You can also run Android totally free of Google Services if you really wanted.
      • by spire3661 ( 1038968 ) on Thursday February 01, 2018 @12:21PM (#56047633) Journal
        This is a real fucking issue. At some point we are going to have to force them both to allow ANY legal app or we have a real censorship problem. Google and Apple should NOT be gatekeepers of 'inappropriate'.
        • I dsagree with that. Please ask /. to remove your comment. Previous actions have shown they are able to do so.

        • by tlhIngan ( 30335 )

          This is a real fucking issue. At some point we are going to have to force them both to allow ANY legal app or we have a real censorship problem. Google and Apple should NOT be gatekeepers of 'inappropriate'.

          Actually, for Apple it's quite easy. If the app is 18+, go right ahead. Most apps that are online communications app are simply marked as 18+ and don't bother censoring.

          If the app is not marked 18+, then you better not allow any form of penis or other thing to be sent to anyone not over 18. For a messagi

    • What can be inappropriate about a messenger app?

      You didn't RTFA, did you. No, I'm not going to QTFA, RTFA yourself.

  • by hcs_$reboot ( 1536101 ) on Thursday February 01, 2018 @11:04AM (#56047161)
    Let's hope it's not also removed from iPhones currently using it,
    • No it is not ... it runs on my iPhone and iPad just fine.

      Never heard about Apple removing already installed apps from a users device. That would be illegal in EU I guess, no idea about USA, though.

      • by Falos ( 2905315 )

        Then they'll simply remove a pipe dependency (check-in, API block, whatever) they control, rendering the un-touched MUH PROPERTY software inert.

        • by Falos ( 2905315 )

          Edit: Would*, if they sufficiently cared. Store removal will achieve their ends, temporary or long-term.

    • No, they're not like Amazon. However, if you remove your copy, you won't be able to install it again.

  • by yuvcifjt ( 4161545 ) on Thursday February 01, 2018 @11:16AM (#56047239)

    Far too many apps on the AppStore which utilise trackers of all sorts, most famous being Google analytics and other Google adware tools, but more so other companies that use advanced forms of fingerprinting [slashdot.org] such as playing sound / detecting sound outside the human listening wavelength [techcrunch.com] as well as watching movement of fingers across the screen.

    But seeing as Android [statcounter.com] and Windows 10 [statcounter.com] are now the most dominant OS globally, most sheep obviously don't care about their privacy (or they're clueless of it).

  • I am not going to address how ludicrous the allegation is in the context of a messaging app.

    But I will point out that Telegram is a fairly popular open source and independent Whatsapp replacement. This is something Fuckerberg hates, and has probably asked Apple to do something about.

  • Either Apple reversed itself within a couple of hours, or the authors didn't bother to check whether it was still unavailable before publishing.

  • What I want to know is why Telegram thinks they should get a 4+ age rating [apple.com]. I think 12+ would be be more appropriate--or even 17+, which I note is what it has on Google Play [google.com]. Apple wouldn't get on Telegram's case about noods if they didn't claim they were appropriate for kids.
    • It is a messaging app...... why would it have any age rating at all? Are you going to be turning SMS features off in phones for kids under 17?

      • Sending unsolicited nudes by SMS to a minor is likely illegal in various places. It's also not Apple's problem or ability to filter SMS.
        • Sending unsolicited nudes by SMS to a minor is likely illegal in various places. It's also not Apple's problem or ability to filter SMS.

          Neither is it in a messenging app. It is there job to stop themselves from providing the wrong content to the wrong users, but a messaging app is content free.

          Apple's own solution is supposedly encrypted, and Apple claims they can't decrypt it, if so, it must also be uncensored. So just as "mature" as this other competing messaging app.

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