Judge tosses WhatsApp ban in Brazil after just 12 hours

Judge tosses WhatsApp ban in Brazil after just 12 hours
Earlier today, we told you how a Brazilian court had banned messaging app WhatsApp for 48 hours in the country. The court ordered Brazilian carriers to block WhatsApp after the latter refused to comply with a court order requesting information. The app was used by an alleged drug trafficker who reportedly belongs to one of the biggest gangs in the country. The police wanted to see the messages he sent. WhatsApp said that it is willing to provide the information, but is unable to do so.

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.

source: Reuters

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8 Comments

1. Sidewinder

Posts: 515; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

Marc's version of Internet isn't the free internet he publicises it to be.. His Internet vision is against the principles of net neutrality

2. buccob

Posts: 2968; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Here in Venezuela we were also affected by the ban.... I am surprised that a ban on brazil make such chaos in practically the whole south America... Do they have S.A. Servers only in Brazil? It really baffles me more that this situation affected other countries, than the fact it happened the way it did Mr. Zuckerberg.

3. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Wonder why WhatsApp didn't hand over the data...wouldn't expect privacy in the hands of facecrook.

4. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1260; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

May be they have given the details behind screens and so the ban is lifted immediately... May be all this drama was to make people think that Whatsapp is more secure and respects privacy, even though it is NOT...

5. jove39

Posts: 2146; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Whatsapp communication is encrypted only in transit. So I don't see why whatsapp won't comply with court orders...they can certainly read messages on their servers.

6. drifter77

Posts: 401; Member since: Jun 12, 2015

Judge probably wanted to text his wife on whatsapp to know what's for dinner.

7. SuperAndroid507

Posts: 361; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

It would be interesting to see how many of those 1 million people that downloaded Telegram are actually using it right now.

8. strudelz100

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Meanwhile while this story was unfolding, the US House of Reps just attached CISA to the end of year budget and passed it with virtually no debate, after having removed almost all privacy provisions. Private companies may now share your data with each other and the government, and the government can hand any of that data to any other local, federal or state agency for any use, including surveillance, tax crimes, drug crimes, copyright violations, etc. Private companies become immune to any prosecution leading from this sharing. And if a company shares it with a company or agency with an insecure network of insufficient hacking protections: All companies involved will be immune to prosecution. This also affects any internationals that use American services or traffic routes through American servers. Enjoy our Orwellian world. It's here folks.

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