Last week one of the most popular messengers Telegram was removed from App Store for some reason.
Apps Telegram and Telegram X were removed from App Store due to 'inappropriate content', but nothing more was said about the reasons. The users had a lot of assumptions, but nothing concrete came from either the developer or Apple.
Now, according to 9to5Mac and emails from Phil Schiller, it has become known that Telegram was indeed removed from App Store due to inappropriate content, namely child pornography. According to Schiller's letter, the team App Store was alerted to illegal content in the app, and it was quickly removed to prevent the content from spreading further.
'Apps Telegram have been removed from App Store because illegal content, namely child pornography, was found in them. After confirming the presence of this content, the team removed the apps from App Store, notified the developer and relevant services, including the National Center for the Lost and Exploitation of Children. '
Last week, the chapter Telegram confirmed the distribution of illegal content in the application and said that as soon as the problem was fixed, the applications would be returned to App Store. As expected, the applications were accepted and returned shortly thereafter.
The full e-mail is given below:
Apps Telegram have been removed from App Store because they found illegal content, namely child pornography. After confirming the presence of this content, the team removed the applications from App Store, notified the developer and relevant services, including the National Center for the Lost and Exploitation of Children.
Team App Store collaborated with the developer to eliminate illegal content and block users who distributed it. After the developer took all the necessary steps, the applications were restored to App Store.
We will never allow illegal content to be distributed in applications App Store and will take immediate action as soon as we detect suspicious activity. Most importantly, we will not tolerate activities that put children at risk. Child pornography is at the very top of the list of inappropriate things. It is wrong, illegal and immoral.
I hope you understand our decision to remove illegal content from App Store and hold accountable for anyone who puts children at risk.
Applications are often removed from App Store, seemingly for no good reason, but this time the reason turned out to be worthy. It's good that the team Telegram reacted quickly and did everything to prevent this from happening again in the future.