Brazil bans Whats App for 2 Days

mediasdcA Brazilian Judge deceided to blackout Whats App for 48 hours, starting at midnight on Thursday, local time. The court of Sao Paulo initiated the blockade on the service, telling Brazil's telecoms companies to stop the use of the country's most popular messaging app. This effects also users in Venezuela and Chile, in particular those on the Movistar telco network.

According to the the Sao Paolo court decided to give the fixed penalty of the two-days nation-wide blocking "Because WhatsApp did not respond to a court order of July 23, 2015, on August 7, 2015, the company was again notified, with there being a fixed penalty in case of non-compliance. As yet the company did not attend the court order, the prosecution requested the blocking of services for a period of 48 hours, based on the law […], which was granted by Judge Sandra Regina Nostre Marques.”

Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg, whose company owns WhatsApp, more than 100 million Brazilians access the service, which is the single most-used app nationally.

The blocking is contradictive with Brazil positioning itself as a champion of net neutrality just a few years ago, passing a landmark internet "Bill of Rights"approved by President Dilma  which promises to protect digital free speech, net neutrality and privacy on the web.

The Whatsapp ban has already shown major benefits for chat competitors.


0 #1 intrepidcpl 2015-12-20 18:36
We're in Brazil. This is probably the most popular application available on phones - everyone has it. It was shut down, but the outage lasted less than a day.
Way to go. I'm sure that the users were inconvenienced much more than Mr. Zuckerberg was....
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+2 #2 sexperienced281 2015-12-30 23:12
This is terribly written story! The only reason stated for the shutdown was that Facebook didn't respond to 2 court orders. Wouldn't it be nice to know what the court orders were about???
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+1 #3 allcurves 2015-12-31 01:09
I agree with sexperienced281
I want to know what the reason was why they shutdown whatsapp
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+1 #4 sexperienced281 2016-01-01 21:50
I did a little digging and found out the reason why it all happened. Brazil wanted information from Facebook regarding it's users to help solve a criminal investigation involving a drug trafficker linked to one of Sao Paulo's most dangerous criminal gangs. Facebook didn't comply with the court orders because they say they didn't have the information being requested. Here's a link from Reuters.
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