WhatsApp Blocked in Brazil, AgainAdded: Wednesday, May 4th, 2016
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A court in Brazilia has ordered wireless phone carriers to block access to WhatsApp for 3 days across the country. This is the second such order against Facebook’s popular messaging app in the last 5 months.
The court ruling applies to the 5 major wireless operators in the country and affects more than 100 million users of the app in Brazil. In the meantime, the reason for the blockade is not revealed because of legal secrecy in an ongoing case in the state court.
In response, WhatsApp announced that it was disappointed at the decision, because the company did the utmost to cooperate with Brazilian law enforcement. WhatsApp representatives pointed out that the court ruling simply punishes over 100 million users depending upon the app to communicate themselves or run their business. All of this is reportedly done in order to force WhatsApp to hand over information that the company doesn’t even have.
As you may remember, this is the second time since late 2015 that WhatsApp has been targeted by a blocking order in Brazil. Another state judge ordered the text message and Internet voice telephone service for smartphones be shut down for 2 days on 15 December 2015, explaining that its parent company Facebook failed to comply with a court order. However, another court interrupted the blockade shortly afterward.
It should be noted that the judge who ordered the recent suspension for 72 hours is the same judge who ordered the imprisonment of a Brazil-based Facebook vice-president last month for failing to comply with an attempted block on WhatsApp. The company official was jailed and subsequently freed, explaining that the Brazil government asks for information the company cannot have due to encryption of all messages in its service.
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