The Washington Post reports that the removal of Telegram from the Apple App Store is being demanded by the Coalition for a Safer Web, an American non-profit organization aimed at maintaining a harmless flow of online activities.
The organization filed a lawsuit yesterday accusing the management of Telegram of not doing anything to combat extremist content and messages that incite violence.
The ruckus that resulted in the breaking in of the Capitol early this month was mentioned as an important reason for the lawsuit. The organization claims that Apple’s App Store Terms of Service was neglected.
The Coalition for a Safer Web has therefore demanded that Telegram be removed from the App Store with reports also indicating that they plan to demand that the same be done on Google Play Store. Android users have access to downloading applications from other sources while iOS users do not.
Telegram has enjoyed a massive breakthrough over the past few days with the app’s founder, Pavel Durov stating that 25 million new users joined the app as of January 12 in a space of 72 hours. He also stated that the app’s active user base surpassed 500 million people a month in the first week of this month.
The Telegraph already reported that Telegram was ranked the second most downloaded app in the United States last week following the Twitter account ban imposed on US President Donald Trump.
It was reported that Apple and Google also removed Parler, the popular social media of the president’s supporters from their respective app stores.
Asides from this, WhatsApp’s new policy of imposing the sharing of user data to its parent company, Facebook also influenced the growth of Telegram users.
Experts note that the policy did not go well with many users of WhatsApp therefore causing a huge migration. Pavel Durov confirmed that there indeed was a significant rise in Telegram’s users following WhatsApp’s new policy.
The management of Telegram has announced a new update to the app containing new features like voice chats, new animated emojis, upgraded editing capabilities, and much more including the monetization of the app this year for users who want to enjoy some features.
We hope that the lawsuit does not spell doom for the company during this period of massive success.