The decision was taken as Telegram app fans were celebrating the rollout of the Telegram X for Android. Durov said that both apps were removed from the app stores to prevent the distribution of “inappropriate content”.
According to Apple’s guidelines, apps that are based overwhelmingly on user-generated content should follow some basic rules. They should include methods to weed out “objectionable material” and a mechanism to report such content. The apps should also include a solution to block abusive users and contact information so that users can reach the developers.
It Is Unclear Why Exactly the App Was Removed
Even if an App store app ticks all checkboxes, Apple can still delete apps that are used for bullying, objectification of persons, or sharing pornographic content. And Telegram is a well-known platform where people freely share porn.
However. there were rumors that the app was removed because terrorists used it. According to App Store’s rules, apps should not be used to encourage illegal use of firearms or dangerous objects or for scams.
Telegram could have been also used by cryptocurrency scammers to find new victims. According to Wired, bitcoin enthusiasts interested in the initial coin offering (ICO) heavily used Telegram to communicate. Also, the people behind the Prodeum scam owned a popular trading channel there. The channel disappeared overnight along with the ghost firm’s entire website.
So, Apple may have taken down Telegram to prevent similar incidents from occurring. Its decision follows Facebook’s move to ban cryptocurrency-related ads due to their deceptive nature.
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