30 апреля 2024 09:57 / IT новости

That's what Apple wants. Durov said that Telegram will block some channels for users from Ukraine

That's what Apple wants. Durov said that Telegram will block some channels for users from Ukraine

April 24, 23:05 Share:

Telegram messenger will introduce restrictions for users from Ukraine (Photo:rafapress/Depositphotos)

Telegram received a message from Apple demanding that it block certain channels for users from Ukraine. The messenger team agreed to fulfill them.

Telegram founder Pavel Durov recalled that he proposed limiting Russian and Ukrainian Telegram channels at the beginning of the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine, justifying this by the fact that they were spreading « war propaganda». This was not done in the end, according to Durov, due to the position of users. However, now the company can limit the access of users from Ukraine to certain channels ( which one is not specified) due to Apple requirements.

“We are receiving official letters from Apple indicating that certain changes cannot be avoided here, at least for users accessing Telegram on iPhone from Ukrainian SIM cards. …To remain available to its users, Telegram must consider requests coming from the App Store. If it were entirely up to us, we would always give our users what they ask for: uncensored access to information and thoughts so they can make their own decisions. However, this does not always depend on us,” says Durov.

Earlier it became known that the Telegram company received from the Ukrainian authorities a list of potentially problematic channels and is studying them . The Center for Countering Disinformation noted that Ukraine has the opportunity to influence the founder of Telegram, Pavel Durov, to limit the operation of specific channels in Ukraine.

Telegram ban in Ukraine — what is known

The discussion about the risks of using a messenger with Russian roots has been going on for several years.. The problem became public after last year’s statements by ex-NSDC Secretary Alexei Danilov, who called the messenger « very dangerous and vulnerable». The GUR also spoke about the danger. Intelligence representative Andrei noted that Telegram has a number of threats to information and not only information security in our country”. The head of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, Kirill Budanov, also stated that the Telegram messenger is a problem for Ukraine from the point of view of national security. According to him, Telegram often has a destructive effect within the country. The SBU noted that the Telegram messenger cooperates with Roskomnadzor and the FSB, following instructions to block channels.

In March 2024, a bill was registered in the Verkhovna Rada, which, in particular, proposed introducing regulation of the Telegram platform.

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