WhatsApp Hit by Two-day Brazil Ban

Whatsapp.jpgMobile operators in Brazil have been ordered to impose a two-day block on messaging app WhatsApp after the company allegedly failed to co-operate in a criminal investigation. WhatsApp is one of Brazil’s most popular apps, with around 93m users.

In a Facebook post, Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg described the move as: “a sad day for Brazil” and went on to say: “I am stunned that our efforts to protect peoples data would result in such an extreme decision by a single judge to punish every person in Brazil who uses WhatsApp.” He also urged WhatsApp users in the country to make their voices heard.

Brazilian newspaper Folha said the court order related to a drug trafficking trial in Sao Paulo. It said the court had tried to access to a suspects WhatsApp messages but the firm had refused to share them.