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Judge lifts suspension of Whatsapp and makes 100 million Brazilians happy

Friday, December 18th 2015 - 08:31 UTC
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The Folha de Sao Paulo newspaper site reported that the ban was imposed because WhatsApp had failed to provide messages swapped by criminal gangs. The Folha de Sao Paulo newspaper site reported that the ban was imposed because WhatsApp had failed to provide messages swapped by criminal gangs.

The day after a Brazilian judge ordered the suspension of the Whatsapp cell-phone chat and voice service for 48 hours, cutting off millions of users from one of the country’s most popular communication services, another judge overturned the ban.

 Brazilians had joined in black humor and outrage and tech giants expressed worry over the state's heavy hand Thursday after a judge banned the service for 48 hours. It is so widely used in Brazil that people often ask for “your WhatsApp” rather than your number. The ban began at midnight Wednesday.

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, who had described this as a “sad day for Brazil,” celebrated the decision. “Your voices have been heard and the block has been lifted,” he posted on Facebook. The social media company bought WhatsApp in 2014 for $22 billion, and Zuckerberg said the application had 100 million users in Brazil.

The ban was first imposed by Judge Sandra Marques in Sao Bernardo do Campo in Sao Paulo because the company had not complied with an order to provide information for a criminal investigation, which is secret. The company had failed to respond to two notifications in July and August and prosecutors requested the ban in retaliation.

But on Thursday, Xaxier de Souza, a judge at a higher court, overruled the decision. “It has not been shown reasonable that millions of users should be affected as a result of the company’s inertia,” he said.

The Folha de Sao Paulo newspaper site reported that the ban was imposed because WhatsApp had failed to provide messages swapped by criminal gangs.

The company said it didn't have the information that was being sought. “We’re disappointed that a judge would punish more than 100 million people across Brazil since we were unable to turn over information we didn’t have,” a WhatsApp spokesperson said.

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  • imoyaro

    How sad, the criminals win. Cue Brasileiro for a truly “Lampião” like statement! ;)

    Dec 18th, 2015 - 08:58 am 0
  • Brasileiro

    Brazil has a consumer market of the size of South and Central America. So it is obvious that the big problems that companies like Google will have here in Brazil will overcome the problems that Google will be in Chile, for example.

    The obvious throughout the sensible company is to be close to the market to act promptly against any threats.

    Then google Idiot opened its technology center where? In Brazil? No, in Chile!

    If the Brazilian courts request any information or data to google the Brazilian offices of that company have to sue the research and technology center in Chile.

    Good. The Brazilian justice we all Brazilians already know. Its requests are always for yesterday!

    Time is money. Agility is also money. Money is gained by advertising in the case of Google.

    If Google has no responsiveness because poorly planned operations in South America, so it will always run the risk of losing money because most likely these events will happen more often in the future.

    All the world justices are equal! Or at least very similar. The companies did not!

    Dec 18th, 2015 - 10:42 am 0
  • Jack Bauer

    @2 BRasshole

    Sorry but I didn't understand part your post.....the part that starts with “Brazil has a consumer market....” to the part that says “The companies did not!”.

    Could you please explain your views, in English this time ?

    Dec 19th, 2015 - 05:09 pm 0
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