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Last week, we told you that Apple removed the Telegram from the App Store claiming that it received complaints alleging “inappropriate content” was hosted on the chat platform.

Telegram creator Pavel Durov instantly reacted to decision taken by Apple to delete the app by saying that he’s planning to implement protections that would thwart the distribution of “inappropriate content” via the chat app.

At that juncture, we had no knowledge of the nature of the “inappropriate content” that Telegram was accused of hosting, but according to the response of Apple’s Phil Schiller to the question via an email addressed to one of the Telegram’s users (according to 9to5Mac).

According to him, Telegram app for iOS was used to distribute child pornography, which is why Apple had to pull it as soon as the allegations proved to be accurate.

The Telegram apps were taken down off the App Store because the App Store team was alerted to illegal content, specifically child pornography, in the apps. After verifying the existence of the illegal content the team took the apps down from the store, alerted the developer, and notified the proper authorities, including the NCMEC (National Center for Missing and Exploited Children).

The good news is Telegram was restored back to App Store some hours later after fixes in place to prevent the app from being used to distribute illegal content.

Below is the full email.

The Telegram apps were taken down off the App Store because the App Store team was alerted to illegal content, specifically child pornography, in the apps. After verifying the existence of the illegal content the team took the apps down from the store, alerted the developer, and notified the proper authorities, including the NCMEC (National Center for Missing and Exploited Children).

The App Store team worked with the developer to have them remove this illegal content from the apps and ban the users who posted this horrible content. Only after it was verified that the developer had taken these actions and put in place more controls to keep this illegal activity from happening again were these apps reinstated on the App Store.

We will never allow illegal content to be distributed by apps in the App Store and we will take swift action whenever we learn of such activity. Most of all, we have zero tolerance for any activity that puts children at risk – child pornography is at the top of the list of what must never occur. It is evil, illegal, and immoral.

I hope you appreciate the importance of our actions to not distribute apps on the App Store while they contain illegal content and to take swift action against anyone and any app involved in content that puts children at risk.

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