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A message posted on Telegram by the company CEO Pavel Durov suggests that Apple has been "preventing" Telegram iOS app updates since April, reports Engadget.

Apple has apparently been preventing updates for Telegram users worldwide following the ban on the app in Russian Federation. But it seems the impact of those demands is being felt worldwide.

End-to-end encyption, which prevents messages from being read by anyone but the sender and the recipient, is Telegram's main selling point.

Two protest rallies were organised in Russia's capital this month, with the demonstrators chanting anti-government slogans and carrying signs against what they called internet censorship, following Moscow's decision to block the popular messaging service.

But end-to-end encryption isn't welcome in Russian Federation.

"We believe we did the only possible thing, preserving the right of our users to privacy in a troubled country", said Durov.

Pavel Durov, who co-founded Telegram with his brother Nikolai Durov in 2013, said that Apple sided with Russian Federation after the company refused to provide decryption keys for users' communications to the country's security agencies.

Durov's complete statement:Unfortunately, some Telegram features, such as stickers, don't work correctly under iOS 11.4 that was just released - even though we fixed this issue weeks ago. Downloads as tracked by AppAnnie, in fact, seem to point to a slight dip in downloads in Russian Federation after the RKN blocks started in April, although those numbers only count App Store downloads. Durov also claims that the company has been "unable to fully comply with GDPR [General Data Protection Regulation] for our EU-users" by the May 25 deadline due to its inability to update the app in the App Store. Apple has said nothing about the apparent update block, and the lack of transparency has forced Durov to go public.

In order to collaborate with another user, place both phones side-by-side and tap the partner icon. "We are continuing our efforts to resolve the situation", he said.

The Register has contacted Apple for comment and asked Telegram when the last attempt was made to update the app and why it has taken until now to announce the problem.