Judge tosses WhatsApp ban in Brazil after just 12 hours
12 hours after the ban took effect, it was lifted by a Brazilian judge. In overturning the lower court's ruling, the judge made the 100 million WhatsApp users in the country happy. How much do Brazilians love the Facebook owned messaging app? Consider that the ban led to heated discussions on the floor of Congress. Congressman Caio Narcio said. "This is ridiculous. What about our freedom to communicate?"
Other regions were apparently affected by the ban. Social media sites received posts from those in Chile and Argentina complaining that WhatsApp was down in the two countries.
The banning of WhatsApp in Brazil gave a rival messaging app a chance to add new subscribes. While the shutdown lasted only half a day, WhatsApp competitor Telegram sent out a tweet stating that it was downloaded on 1 million devices in Brazil yesterday. Prior to the ban, Telegram was installed on 2.35% of Android devices in the country. 93% of Brazilians have installed WhatsApp on their mobile devices.
Now that the ban has been lifted early, normalcy should return to Brazil.