The unfortunate events in the U.S. Capitol continue to have consequences of all kinds, Apple might have to remove Telegram from the iOS App Store. An unexpected consequence that could affect an infinite number of users who either recently, or for a long time, have relied on this application for their conversations with their contacts.
A non-profit organization called Coaliton for a Safer Web demanded that Apple, through legal means, should withdraw Telegram from the iOS App Store. The reason given for this is that, according to them, those responsible for the service have not taken any measures to combat messages that call for violence, as well as those related to extremist content.
Coaliton for a Safer Web wants Apple to remove Telegram from the App Store
The lawsuit specifically mentions the assault on the Capitol and the role that Telegram could have played in the communications between the coup perpetrators who carried out the assault, and claims that inaction by those responsible for the service would go against the Apple App Store’s terms of service for its devices. If this is the case, it is possible that justice will consider the association’s request adjusted and, consequently, will choose to force Apple to take this measure.
Coaliton for a Safer Web also have demanded the removal of Telegram from Play Store, Google’s app store for Android. However, it should be remembered that in this case, users have the possibility to add software from other sources, so Telegram could opt for other stores or even host the installer on their own servers. This way, Android users would not lose access to this service.
Recently Telegram, which precisely in the shadow of the consequences of the assault on the Capitol, has exceeded 500 million active users, has announced its plans to begin monetizing the groups, so being forced to leave the App Store and therefore lose all iPhone users who use the service, could go quite against their plans, as these people would need to find an alternative. Fortunately, the list of alternatives is quite extensive and there are options of all kinds.