- The blockade has shocked Facebook, which owns Whatsapp and led to benefits for competitors like Telegram.
A Brazilian judge has banned WhatsApp in the country for 48 hours, starting this morning at 2:00am.
According to Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg, whose company owns WhatsApp, more than 100 million Brazilians access the service, which is the single most-used app nationally.
The ban was imposed in relation to a third party, whose name was not revealed by the judge.
According to the Sao Paolo court, “Because WhatsApp did not respond to a court order of July 23, 2015, on August 7, 2015, the company was again notified, with there being a fixed penalty in case of non-compliance. As yet the company did not attend the court order, the prosecution requested the blocking of services for a period of 48 hours, based on the law , which was granted by Judge Sandra Regina Nostre Marques.”
This “fixed penalty” was a nation-wide blocking of the service for two days. The Telegraph report.