WhatsApp is a popular instant messaging and calling tool used internationally. In Brazil it’s use is second to Facebook.
A popular What’s App was once again blocked in Brazil on Tuesday June 19th – but yet again overturned – for a third time this year.
It is not the first time Brazil blocks WhatsApp services. On May 2nd – it was blocked for 72 hours – overturned earlier. Back in December of 2015, authorities ordered ISPs to block access to the popular app for 48 hours, arguing failure to comply with a data request, that could “aid the authorities in an ongoing investigation”.
During the last block, What’s App CEO Jan Koum posted on their Facebook page saying “Once again, millions of innocent Brazilians are being punished because a court wants WhatsApp to turn over information we repeatedly said we don’t have.”
Whats App remains strong in their vow to encryption and say they won’t be able to provide info Brazilian investigators seek. The move comes after the Vice President of Facebook was detained in Brazil back in March after failure to reveal information from WhatsApp services to Brazilian Authorities.
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