Apple demands that Telegram removes posts involving protests in Belarus

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More controversy involving Telegram.
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Apple is currently facing a mini-scandal involving messaging app Telegram and posts made by pro-democracy protestors in Belarus, which Apple asked to be removed.

The posts concern political controversy in the country, following this year’s election of President Alexander Lukashenko. Lukashenko, who has been president of Belarus since 1994, supposedly won 80 percent of the vote in August. However, opposition has accused his party of rigging the election, with the fallout continuing several months later.

Secure messaging app Telegram files antitrust complaint against Apple in EU

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Telegram adds its voice to the chorus of developers complaining about Apple.
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Popular secure messaging app Telegram filed a formal antitrust complaint with the European Union over App Store practices, the Financial Times reports.

In a complaint addressed to EU competition chief Margrethe Vestager, Telegram’s creators argue that Apple must “allow users to have the opportunity of downloading software outside of the App Store.”

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The Tumblr iOS app currently can’t be installed.
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Telegram now securely stores your most important documents

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Telegram Passport wants to be the go-to authorization service.
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Secure messaging app Telegram now lets you save copies of your most important documents so that you always have them with you.

Telegram Passport can hold your driving license, passport, other forms of ID, and more — and promises to protect them with end-to-end encryption. You can then use those documents to prove who you are when logging into other services.

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Telegram has rolled out updates, you’re just not getting them.
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Telegram is in trouble in Russia.
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Telegram is one of the world's most popular messaging apps.
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Popular messaging app Telegram has been banned in Russia

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Telegram wouldn't have over encryption keys to authorities.
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A Russian court has ordered that the Telegram messaging app should be blocked in the country. This is due to the company’s refusal to give Russian state security services the encryption keys to access messages sent using the service.

Russia’s FSB Federal Security service argued that it needs to be able to access the messages to safeguard against terrorist attacks. However, Telegram refused to comply with the demands for reasons of user privacy.