Apple has booted the secure messaging app Telegram out of its App Store, claiming that it is being used to propagate "inappropriate content".
That's according to Telegram CEO Pavel Durov, who tweeted that the company had been alerted by insiders at Apple that both apps that run on iOS - Telegram and Telegram X - had been 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," Durov said. "Once we have protections in place we expect the apps to be back on 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. Once we have protections in place we expect the apps to be back on the App Store.— Pavel Durov (@durov) 1 February 2018
What this so-called inappropriate content was has yet to be revealed. But it is likely to be pornographic material, abusive content, or missives from terrorist organisations, all of which are deemed a breach of Apple's content guidelines for the App Store.
With 256-bit encryption and the facility for large chats, as well as a feature called 'Secret Chats' whereby messages self-destruct after they're sent, it's no surprise that Telegram could be used for all manner of material that could reasonably be described as 'iffy'.
In the past, Telegram has been accused of providing a safe space for paedophiles, terrorists and other ne'er do wells to share content on a platform that is relatively secure.
Prime Minister Theresa May has also pointed the finger at Telegram. "Smaller platforms can quickly become home to criminals and terrorists," she said.
She continued: "We have seen that happen with Telegram. And we need to see more co-operation from smaller platforms like this. No-one wants to be known as the terrorists' platform or the first-choice app for paedophiles."
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