After a court in the state ordered access to the messaging service blocked for 48 hours, beginning at midnight on Thursday, local time, Brazil is in the middle of a WhatsApp blackout. The blockade began by a judge in the city of Sao Paulo on the service, telling the telecoms firms in Brazil to discontinue the usage of the nation ‘s most famous messaging program, but didn’t divulge the name of the person or the business in charge of the injunction.
Brazilian telecommunications firms have tried to prevent the stratospheric increase of WhatsApp in the nation before, claiming to the authorities that the free phoning alternative of the messaging program is prohibited and unregulated, and attributing the service for a noticeable reduction in individuals picking up cell phone contracts. Until now Brazilian firms have been unsuccessful in their quest to control WhatsApp, but the shutdown of today could be the start of a reversal of strategy from the nation’s authorities.
Mark Zuckerberg stated
“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.”
Brazil placed itself as a winner of web neutrality just a couple of years back, passing a landmark web “Bill of Rights” that limited on-line tracking of its citizens, and embarking on an ambitious strategy to distinguish itself from the American web in the aftermath of the NSA spying scandal. As TechCrunch notes, the proposed laws would allow the Brazilian authorities censor social media letting politicians to purchase content removed from Twitter Facebook, or alternative services, and to figure out just who posted it in the very first place.
Already the 48-hour WhatsApp prohibition has caused a storm of complaints, protests, and memes posted on Facebook Twitter, and other social networking services. It is also shown again for the opponents of WhatsApp — messaging service Telegram has acquired 1 million new Brazilian users within a day.
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