Russia has orderd Telegram to remove its app from Apple’s app store after the social messaging platform refused Kremlin’s request to have a back key that would enable it listen and read people’s conversation.

According to founder and CEO Pavel Durov, who stated as a result Apple has blocked future update of Telegram in app store until when the dispute will be resolved.

Telegram has roughly 200 million users of which 14 million are in Russia. By implication Telegram is likely to suspend operations in EU to avoid hefty fines for privacy law violations

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