Brazil’s “indefinite” Whatsapp block only lasted around four hours


Brazil yesterday banned Whatsapp for the third time in eight months—but the ban was lifted after only four hours. On July 19, a Brazilian court ordered an indefinite ban on WhatsApp for refusing to intercept and provide authorities with messages from the platform for criminal investigations.

Judge Daniela Barbosa Assunção de Souza said the ban will be lifted once Facebook, Whatsapp’s parent company, surrenders the requested data. She also slapped a R$50,000 ($15,374) fine on any telephone companies found violating the ban.

Whatsapp maintained that it cannot share information it doesn’t have access to. Around four hours after the Rio de Janiero court ruling, Supreme Court president, Ricardo Lewandowski, accepted an appeal against it and overturned the block.

“The suspension of service apparently violates the fundamental precept of freedom of expression and communication,” the Supreme Court said in its ruling.

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