Brazil judge orders WhatsApp blocked, affecting 100 million users | HT Tech

Brazil judge orders WhatsApp blocked, affecting 100 million users

A Brazilian judge ordered wireless phone carriers to block access to Facebook’s WhatsApp for 72 hours throughout Latin America’s largest country on Monday, the second such move against the popular messaging application in five months

By:REUTERS
| Updated on: May 03 2016, 08:24 IST
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A Brazilian judge ordered wireless phone carriers to block access to Facebook's WhatsApp for 72 hours throughout Latin America's largest country on Monday, the second such move against the popular messaging application in five months.

In a statement, WhatsApp said the company is "disappointed at the decision" after doing the utmost to cooperate with Brazilian tribunals.

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The decision "punishes more than 100 million users who depend upon us to communicate themselves, run their business and more, just to force us hand over information that we don't have," the statement said, without elaborating.

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It was the second time since mid-December that the text message and internet voice telephone service for smartphones has been the target of a blocking order. A São Paulo state judge ordered the service be shut down for 48 hours on Dec. 15, after Facebook failed to comply with an order, although another court interrupted that suspension shortly afterward.

Judge Marcel Maia Montalvão of Sergipe state is the same judge who in March ordered the imprisonment of a Brazil-based Facebook executive for failing to comply with an attempted block on WhatsApp. He was jailed and subsequently freed.

Executives at the five carriers - Telefonica Brasil, América Móvil, TIM Participações, Oi and Nextel Participações - did not have an immediate comment.

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First Published Date: 03 May, 08:23 IST
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