Brazil Court Suspends Facebook’s WhatsApp for 48 Hours

22 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Brazil Has Temporarily Blocked Whatsapp Over a Legal Dispute.

SAO PAULO — A court in Brazil on Wednesday ordered cellular service providers nationwide to block the popular WhatsApp smartphone application for two days. The unprecedented 48-hour blockage was to implement a Sao Paulo state court order and was to take effect at 2am GMT on Thursday, although it was not immediately clear if service providers would acquiesce to the order.

According to a statement put out by the court: “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.” The court order relates to a third party seeking an injunction against WhatsApp. The judge kept the name of the third party a secret, but it comes at a time when Brazilian cell companies are lobbying against WhatsApp taking away their SMS and voice calling business. Sure, the move will hurt WhatsApp—other messaging services are already starting to take up the slack—but it will annoy Brazilian citizens far more.

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