Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's reactions on WhatsApp ban in Brazil


WhatsApp ban in Brazil

After passing firm laws on net neutrality and setting an example of spectacular internet "Bill of Rights", Brazil took a step backwards by passing an order to ban WhatsApp for 48 hours'. According to Recode the judge passed this order on the grounds of non-compliance of popular messaging platform in providing user info in a criminal case.

On Wednesday, 16th December, 2015 Judge Sandra Regina Nostre Marques ordered the 48-hour shutdown of the most famous messaging app of Brazil. According to the data provided by TechCrunch over 93% of Brazil's Internet users take benefits of services provided by WhatsApp. The ban was about to start at midnight on Thursday.

After the announcement of the blockade was made, many Brazilians stormed Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms with complaints, protests, memes etc to show their anger and resentment on the issue.

The 48-hour ban couldn't even last for 1 complete day and WhatsApp was back online in less than 24 hours. According to Reuters, Judge Xavier de Souza from the 11th criminal court of Sao Paulo recommended a higher fine to be imposed on WhatsApp. Here is the official statement of Judge Xavier.
Considering the constitutional principles, it does not look reasonable that millions of users be affected as a result of the company’s inertia to provide information. 
Just after 9 hours of his first post, Mark again updated his status with a good news that the ban on WhatsApp has been lifted and it is back online.
WhatsApp is now back online in Brazil! Your voices have been heard and the block has been lifted. Thank you to our community for helping resolve this! 
Checkout official status update of Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg on this 48 hour shutdown of WhatsApp .
Tonight, a Brazilian judge blocked WhatsApp for more than 100 million people who rely on it in her country.We are...
Posted by Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday, December 17, 2015

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