Roskomnadzor demanded that Apple and Google remove Telegram from application stores after the messenger’s lock in Russia. This was told Interfax in the press service of the department.
The agency noted that the response of companies “should be to remove the application” from the App Store and Google Play.
Apple was already meeting the authorities in China: the company removed VPN services from the local App Store and transferred the iCloud user data to the country, as required by the cloud services law. Google Play also removed applications for copyright infringement and blocking advertising , but not at the request of the state.
The blocking of Telegram in Russia began on April 16: providers partially closed access to the messenger, but the company’s management circumvents the ban at the expense of third-party IP-addresses. Roskomnadzor banned about two million addresses of Amazon and Google, because of which the work of other sites was disrupted. At the same time, the agency warned the owners of VPN and proxy servers about future blockades for extremism.