WhatsApp Banned in Brazil


World's Most popular  Facebook’s messaging service  WhatsApp has been blocked in Brazil.
The messaging app, which has more than 100 million users in Brazil, will be unavailable for 72 hours from 2pm Brazilian time (6pm BST) on Monday after a judge ordered telecoms providers to block the service.

The head of Facebook in Latin America was arrested and detained in March for not giving up messages associated with a separate investigation related to drugs, while WhatsApp was shut down for several hours last year.
In December, a judge in Sao Paulo ordered WhatsApp be blocked for 48 hours after it refused to comply with a court order, affecting its more than 100 million local users and eliciting outrage on social media. The block was lifted in about 12 hours.

 Again Judge Marcel Montalvao, from the northeastern state of Sergipe, told phone companies to block WhatsApp for 72 hours, according to a statement posted on the court’s website Monday.

Jan Koum, the founder and CEO of WhatsApp, claims that the 72-hour suspension is retribution to WhatsApp’s decision to encrypt all traffic.

'Yet again millions of innocent Brazilians are being punished because a court wants WhatsApp to turn over information we repeatedly said we don’t have. Not only do we encrypt messages end-to-end on WhatsApp to keep people’s information safe and secure, we also don’t keep your chat history on our servers. When you send an end-to-end encrypted message, no one else can read it – not even us. While we are working to get WhatsApp back up and running as soon as possible, we have no intention of compromising the security of our billion users around the world.'

WhatsApp is likely going to appeal yesterday’s ruling and it’s possible that a higher court will find that blocking the service for tens of millions of users is excessive. But it’s clear that one side will have to surrender in this silent war, sooner or later.

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