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Brazilian court blocks WhatsApp for 48 hours (now lifted), 1.5 million users move to Telegram

By midian182 ยท 8 replies
Dec 17, 2015
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  1. Despite its 93 million users making instant messenger WhatsApp the most popular app in Brazil, the country is in the middle of a ban on the Facebook-owned service after a Brazilian court ordered it shut down for 48 hours.

    The banning order was handed down from the 1st Criminal Court of Sao Bernardo do Campo in Sao Paulo, due to an injunction from an unnamed third party, according to Brazilian newspaper O Globo. All Brazilian telecommunication companies were forced to block users from accessing WhatsApp for 48 hours starting 9 p.m. ET yesterday (it has since been lifted after less than a day).

    The blockade is punishment for WhatsApp’s failure to respond to a court 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.”

    Brazil’s telecom operators have spent the last few months trying to convince the government that WhatsApp’s voice service is unregulated and illegal. The companies have been working on a report that highlights the economic and legal reasons why WhatsApp shouldn’t be operating in the country.

    Since the ban has been in place, rival messaging service Telegram has seen more than 1.5 million new users sign up to its service.

    Brazil has the most expensive phone rates on the planet – three times more expensive than the US and five times that in Spain. WhatsApp is used by many of Brazil’s young and poor, who can’t afford standard plans from local carriers.

    The WhatsApp ban may just be the start of Brazilian authorities trying to control citizens’ online behaviour. Brazil’s Congress is attempting to pass bills that would make the posting of certain social media content illegal, and allow the government to spy on the country’s internet users.

    Tonight, a Brazilian judge blocked WhatsApp for more than 100 million people who rely on it in her country.We are...

    Posted by Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday, December 17, 2015

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  2. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,285

    So they punish the entire Brazilian populace for a WhatsApp infringement. Talk about being petty. Haven't the Brazilian authorities got better, more important things to do?
    wastedkill and Reehahs like this.
  3. williamoliveira

    williamoliveira TS Rookie

    It was just what Whatsapp wanted, now they have the entire populace on their side
  4. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 11,208   +4,876

    Are you excluding the "1.5 million users move to Telegram"?
  5. williamoliveira

    williamoliveira TS Rookie

    They didnt really moved, the title is wrong, they just registered there, not even 1/10 of that will stay
    And it wasnt because they hated Whatsapp, they wanted some way to communicate on the Whatsapp down time
  6. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 14,595   +3,769

    Hell yeah, they do! Carnival starts February 5th next year, and they need to get their samba on....
    Skidmarksdeluxe likes this.
  7. JamesandBennie

    JamesandBennie TS Booster Posts: 170   +14

    Some might call this justice for WhatsApp censoring Telegram links recently.
    Ah yes, karma always bites back.
  8. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,285

    So in the meantime, to pass time they whip the population. It sounds about right.
  9. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 14,595   +3,769

    I'm jus' sayin, make love, not war on the internet
    She should take a day off and cut loose.:cool:


    WhatsApp you ask? That's WhatsUpp ^^^
    Skidmarksdeluxe likes this.

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