Apple appears to have reversed its stance on Telegram, finally allowing the app to publish updates on iOS. The change came shortly after Telegram founder Pavel Durov publicly chastised the company for blocking an update that would make the app compliant with the European Union’s new GDPR.
Telegram’s block was supposedly connected to a recent ban in Russia, although the link between the two incidents is entirely unclear. Russia banned the app after Durov refused to have over encryption keys that would allow the government to view user messages. Apple, on the other hand, has generally championed user privacy and also fought back against government intervention.
Neither company has gone into further detail about what happened.
Durov thanked Apple for reversing the ban in a follow up message on his Telegram channel. iOS users should have been receiving the update over the weekend that introduced new features like deleting synced contacts.