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Telegram may face Big Tech’s ire

The Telegram messaging service app is unlikely to be removed from the App Store and the Google Play store in the near future, said experts interviewed by Izvestia.

A US non-profit organization, the Coalition for a Safer Web, earlier sued Apple, demanding that it remove Telegram from its App Store over the extremist statements posted before the recent attack on the US Capitol.

The case is politically motivated, Katkov and Partners owner Pavel Katkov noted. Telegram has welcomed Trump supporters whose accounts were suspended on a number of social media networks, so everything related to Telegram will be viewed as toxic in the US, the expert explained.

The lawsuit may be either a private initiative or a move pushed by the authorities and Apple, said President of the Association of Professional Users of Social Networks Vladimir Zykov.

“On the one hand, the lawsuit may take years, and the non-profit organization will have to prove that Telegram is as dangerous as it claims. It will be hard to do because [Telegram founder] Pavel Durov will argue that all prohibited content is deleted upon users’ complaints. On the other hand, Telegram may be swiftly removed from the app store,” Zykov warned.

Social media giants such as Facebook and WhatsApp could be behind the Coalition for a Safer Web, Director of the Information Technology Institute at Synergy University Stanislav Kosarev suggested.

In early January, WhatsApp released a newsletter on changes in its user agreement, forcing many users to move to Telegram and Signal, he pointed out.

The founder of the messaging service said in January that a stable web version of Telegram was in the works, which won’t depend on the App Store and Google Play, B&C Agency Managing Partner Mark Sherman noted. According to him, it will provide more independence to the messaging service.

Source: Izvestia via TASS