Starting midnight on Thursday, Court in the country ordered access to the messaging service blocked for 48 hours. In the city of Sao Paulo a judge initiated the blockade on the service.
Telecom company’s in Brazil have have attempted to stop the growth of the company telling that the messaging app’s free calling option is unregulated and illegal to the government and also due to that they faced a marked decrease in people picking up cellphone contracts.
Until now Brazilian companies have been unsuccessful in their quest to regulate WhatsApp, but today’s shutdown may be the beginning of a change of approach from the country’s government.
Tonight, a Brazilian judge blocked WhatsApp for more than 100 million people who rely on it in her country.
We are working hard to get this block reversed. Until then, Facebook Messenger is still active and you can use it to communicate instead.
This is a sad day for Brazil. Until today, Brazil has been an ally in creating an open internet. Brazilians have always been among the most passionate in sharing their voice online.I am stunned that our efforts to protect people’s data would result in such an extreme decision by a single judge to punish every person in Brazil who uses WhatsApp.We hope the Brazilian courts quickly reverse course. If you’re Brazilian, please make your voice heard and help your government reflect the will of its people. – Mark Zuckerberg