Brazil Court Orders 48hrs Shut Down Of WhatsApp Across The Country

Dec 20, 2015

A court in Brazil on Wednesday, December 16 (Thursday, December 17 Manila time) ordered cellular service providers nationwide to block the popular WhatsApp smartphone application for two days.

Hence, failure to respond to the court’s order led the prosecution to ban WhatsApp in the country for 48 hours.

According to reports, WhatsApp received a court order to release information relating to the case but refused to cooperate.

Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive officer of the social networking giant Facebook, the company, which possesses WhatsApp, has described the prohibition of the most popular messaging app in Brazil a “sad day”.

During the WhatsApp ban, Brazilians have been seeking temporary refuge in other communication that weren’t blocked by the court order, such as Viber or Facebook Messenger.

WhatsApp, which is owned by Facebook Inc, says it has over 100 million personal users in Brazil.

WhatsApp has 100m personal users in Brazil so it resulted in a sort of outrage after its text message and Internet telephone services were interrupted. “Brazilians have always been among the most passionate in sharing their voice online”, he wrote on Facebook.

However the country’s telecommunications companies have repeatedly complained about the growth of WhatsApp, calling it unregulated and illegal.

As indicated by Band News TV, the criminal case includes a medication trafficker connected to one of Sao Paulo’s most unsafe criminal posses, the PCC, or First Command of the Capital.

Brazilians had joined in black humor and outrage and tech giants expressed worry over the state’s heavy hand Thursday after a judge banned the service for 48 hours.

Brazil has usually placed high in rankings of Internet freedom around the globe.

The name of the petitioner seeking the injunction before a criminal court in Sao Paulo state was kept secret by the judge, as is allowed under Brazilian law.



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