Apple issues new App Store rules

Apple issues new App Store rules

The move is significant because it shows Apple protecting its practice of taking between 15% and 30% of the purchase price of software bought in the App Store. Those in the United Kingdom or European Union must be 16 or over to use the messaging app. The watchdog also notified App Store and Google Play of its demand to remove the Telegram app on April 17.

Telegram said on Friday, June 1, that Apple cleared the path for an updated version of the secure messaging app despite a ban in Russian Federation. Apple now explicitly says apps can not host anything that looks like an app store within an app or give users the ability to "browse, select, or purchase software not already owned or licensed by the user".

This lack of being able to update is playing a huge role in these features not working right. That did not seem to matter to Apple when restricting the updates and other abilities of the app. In total, Russian Federation accounts for about 7 percent of the user base for Telegram.


Telegram lets people exchange messages, stickers, photos and videos in groups of up to 5,000 people.

The 50.5 MB app update comes with a new registration process for those who are residing in the United Kingdom or EU. The company had to put new protections in place first before the app was allowed back.

The fate of Telegram in Russian Federation has been complicated of late. Apple doesn't collect personal data from Maps or its voice-enabled Siri digital assistant to use for advertising, limiting the amount of personal user information the company can leverage. It would also require the company share the encryption keys with the Russian authorities if needed. If you'll recall, the country issued a ban on the secure messaging application in mid-April after a year of threatening to do so. The system would mean that users who search in Pinterest's app for "drapes" might see an Apple-pushed ad for an interior-design app, or Snapchat users entering "NFL" as a search term might see an ad for a ticket-reseller app, for example.

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