WhatsApp's problems in Brazil continue as service is banned for 72 hours

By midian182 ยท 5 replies
May 3, 2016
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  1. Messaging service WhatsApp has been banned in Brazil for the second time in six months. Judge Marcel Maia Montalvão’s order to ban the app for 72 hours started midday yesterday and applies to the five main wireless operators in the country. Any companies failing to comply with the decision will be fined 500,000 reais, or $143,000.

    The ruling comes after WhatsApp was told to hand over chat records related to an organized crime and drug trafficking investigation case in the court in Lagarto, Sergipe. The Facebook-owned company says that as the messages are encrypted, it cannot do what the judge is asking.

    WhatsApp CEO and co-founder Jan Koum gave this statement on Facebook:

    Yet again millions of innocent Brazilians are being punished because a court wants WhatsApp to turn over information we repeatedly said we don’t have. Not only do we encrypt messages end-to-end on WhatsApp to keep people’s information safe and secure, we also don’t keep your chat history on our servers. When you send an end-to-end encrypted message, no one else can read it – not even us. While we are working to get WhatsApp back up and running as soon as possible, we have no intention of compromising the security of our billion users around the world.

    The judge is the same one who ordered the arrest of Facebook’s regional vice president, Diego Dzodan, in March after the social network failed to provide data related to the case. Dzodan was released after one night by a higher court judge, who called his detention “unlawful coercion.”

    In a separate case, WhatsApp was banned in Brazil for 48 hours last December for failing to comply with a court order. The decision was overturned by an appeals court after being in effect for only 12 hours.

    “After cooperating to the full extent of our ability with the local courts, we are disappointed a judge in Sergipe decided yet again to order the block of WhatsApp in Brazil,” a WhatsApp spokesperson told TechCrunch. “This decision punishes more than 100 million Brazilians who rely on our service to communicate, run their businesses, and more, in order to force us to turn over information we repeatedly said we don’t have.”

    Many worry that Brazil’s Congress is attempting to pass bills aimed at weakening online rights and privacy. It is considering proposals that would make the posting of certain social media content illegal, and allow the government to spy on the country’s internet users.

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  2. ricbst

    ricbst TS Rookie

    For those who dont know us: Brazil is a mess.
    Nothing works as it should.
    The president was elected with stolen money, do you expect what?
    mojorisin23 likes this.
  3. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    Show me a country that is not in a mess and I'll take you to Never Neverland to visit Peter Pan.
  4. Tanstar

    Tanstar TS Evangelist Posts: 616   +176

    Yeah, I've heard a lot of Brazilians were not pleased that the country spent billions of dollars to bring the World Cup and Olympics to Brazil instead of spending it where it was needed. Beautiful country and people, from what I saw on my two week visit there a couple of years ago.
  5. SirGCal

    SirGCal TS Maniac Posts: 365   +136

    And they can't even clean the raw sewage out of their ocean coast. They have no good processing centers and you can literally die just from touching the water there... and we're holding the Olympics there... WTF?!? If I had anything to do with open water (rowing, swimming, sailing, etc.), a gold metal isn't worth it.
  6. mojorisin23

    mojorisin23 TS Booster Posts: 152   +46

    People have to be crazy or stupid or both to go there.....

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