upload Alliance For the safer web lawsuit against a company Apple because It failed to remove access to the Telegram app while still banning Parler, and the coalition claimed that hate groups and extremists used the app. To attack the Capitol.
The lawsuit was filed on Sunday in the US District Court for the Northern District of California,
The lawsuit from Ambassador Marc Ginsberg and the coalition accuses Apple of allowing Telegram to be provided on the App Store, despite its knowledge that the app is being used to intimidate, threaten and coerce members of the public.
The coalition is described as a non-partisan, not-for-profit defense organization to force the removal of extremist and terrorist content from social media platforms, and the coalition claims that Apple has failed to follow its policy and guidelines regarding Telegram content.
By doing this, Apple is allowing the most harmful Telegram users to continue their activities.
The lawsuit arrives after Apple, Google, Amazon and others cut ties with Parler for failing to manage content.
The app was allegedly used to plan and coordinate illegal activities in Washington, DC, including the storming of the US Capitol.
The lawsuit against Apple is pushing to closely scrutinize Telegram, with the aim of scrapping the platform for the encrypted messaging app, citing similar activities.
According to a June 2020 press release from the coalition cited by the lawsuit, Telegram is being used as a communications channel for the Russian government and its neo-Nazi and white nationalist groups, leading to disinformation and ethnic divide in the United States and Europe.
Ginsburg also wrote to the CEO of Apple on behalf of the alliance in July, calling for the program to be temporarily canceled, given its role in inciting extremist violence.
There is also an accusation that anti-black and anti-Semitic groups have openly used Telegram with little oversight of content from the app’s administration.
Despite coalition warnings and media reports about the app, Apple has not taken any action against it similar to the one it took against Parler.
The lawsuit also alleges that Telegram was used to coordinate and incite violence before the inauguration of President-elect (Joe Biden).
The lawsuit alleged that some users demanded that their followers abandon plans for a second protest in Washington in favor of nationwide surprise attacks.
The lawsuit also notes unfairness in how Apple enforces its rules, citing both Parler’s removal and Fortnite’s removal for violating its guidelines.
Meanwhile, it is said: The use of Telegram has in various ways violated the App Store guidelines since the app was launched in 2013.
The coalition claims that the developers of Telegram have not taken any targeted measures to curb these flagrant, systematic and persistent violations.
The lawsuit requires a jury trial, asks the court to provide damages to each plaintiff, and a court order banning Telegram from the App Store until it complies with Apple’s guidelines and legal costs.