Brazilian court orders suspension of WhatsApp

Brazilian court orders suspension of WhatsApp
A judge in Brazil has decided to order a suspension of WhatsApp because of the messaging app's refusal to help the Brazilian law-enforcement authorities with a case. According to an anonymous source, the case involved "sexually graphic photos of children on the app." Because the Facebook-owned company does not have a Brazilian office, the court order was presented to wireless operators.

SindiTelebrasil, an organization that represents Brazilian carriers, cautions that the court's suspension could result in losses for millions of Brazilians who depend on the application professionally and personally. While Judge Luiz de Moura Correia ordered the suspension earlier this month, the app continues to run normally in the country because an appeal was filed.

WhatsApp would not comment on the court order. Last year Facebook purchased WhatsApp for $22 billion.

source: TheGuardian

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8 Comments

1. Gasteasoro

Posts: 25; Member since: Apr 02, 2014

Luiz de Moura Correia said: "So you guys won't help us? Then the only logical solution is to make tens of millions of innocent brazillians pay for it, HuEHuEHUEHuEHuEhuE #Justice"

2. mixedfish

Posts: 1571; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

Dozens of better alternative chat apps to WhatsApp, so no loss, rather it's a favor. Also Brazil has a serious child prostitution problem, so this type of reaction is understandable.

3. sergiobr

Posts: 718; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

"Brazil has a serious child prostitution problem" so where you don´t have this serious problem genious ?????? Don´t start to rule the world if you don´t nothing about the place. I live here and in fact the judge was correct, but this decision was cancelled. Luiz stop to say foolishness in a international post.

4. cpaixao

Posts: 15; Member since: Jan 07, 2015

is this English?

6. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

lol? If he is Brazilian then clearly english is his second language. shut up now thanks.

5. mixedfish

Posts: 1571; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

LOL you calling out people about not knowing anything but you don't even know your own country. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prostitution_in_Brazil "Brazil is considered to have the worst levels of child sex trafficking after Thailand with an estimated 250,000 children involved." Viva Brazil!

7. sergiobr

Posts: 718; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

That´s why people around the world hate your people, cause your arrogance,etc mr wikipedia. One day ... Gringo go home ! If you don´t live here you don´t surf here !

8. willieaames

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 09, 2015

Another judge has ruled that the block on Whatsapp was “too harsh”, stating that while the company was still required by law to hand over data that was needed for the criminal investigation, a country-wide block was not a proportional penalty to Whatsapp’s refusal to cooperate with the investigation. A Whatsapp representative also confirmed that the service was still operational in Brazil. Source: bestvpnservice.com/blog/brazilian-court-blocks-out​-whatsapp/

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