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Russia wants Google and Apple to remove the Telegram app from its app stores

Pretty please, with a cherry on top?

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After a successful court ruling that would ban Telegram in Russia, the country’s state telecommunications regulator has been asking Apple and Google to remove Telegram from the Google Play Store and Apple App Store, Reuters reports.

Russia and Telegram have been going at it for the past couple of months. The gist of it is that Russia’s telecommunications watchdog, Roskomnadzor, wants the company to hand over its encryption keys to access user data. Telegram is refusing to comply, and now a Russian court ruled in favor of blocking the app in the country.

At this point, it’s not really clear if Apple and Google will comply with Russia’s request. Currently, the app is still available to download in both app stores. However, the app is now blocked in the country, so there’s that.

Do you think Apple and Google will comply with Russia’s request? Let us know what you’re thinking down below.

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