Brazil Court Overturned WhatsApp Block after User ComplaintsAdded: Friday, May 6th, 2016
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Temporary freeze of Facebook’s WhatsApp messaging app that affected about 100 million Brazilian users was overturned in the country, after many people voiced their complaints about the second such suspension in 5 months.
A few days ago, one of the Brazilian judges had ordered 5 main wireless operators in the country to block access to WhatsApp for 3 days without citing the reason for suspension. The judge explained that the reason for the order cannot be made public because of the legal secrecy in an ongoing case before the state court. Fortunately, another judge from the state tribunal intervened the next day and canceled the first order following an appeal from WhatsApp’s lawyers.
It should be noted that the judge who ordered the recent WhatsApp blockade also ordered the imprisonment of a Brazil-based Facebook vice-president two months ago. The decision was delivered in a dispute over law enforcement demands for information from the WhatsApp’s encrypted messaging service for use in the investigation of a drug trafficking case. At the time, the executive was also freed after about 24 hours thanks to an appeals court, which overturned his arrest.
WhatsApp claimed it was again “disappointed” at the judge’s decision to block its services, explaining that it had always cooperated with Brazilian tribunals, but simply had no information the court was requesting, because it does not store encrypted information from WhatsApp messages.
The suspension comes as tech giants face increasing pressure from governments all over the globe to help them eavesdrop on users and censor information. The court ruling had also frustrated many users in the country, where more than 75% of mobile phone subscribers use WhatsApp.
Friday, May 6th, 2016
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|I live in Brazil this country is ridiculous||
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