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Brazilian court blocks WhatsApp nationwide for 72 hours

The Brazilian court has again issued a ruling to temporarily block the WhatsApp messenger throughout the country. It is reported by the local newspaper Folha De S. Paulo.

According to the decree, the blocking will last 72 hours. In December 2015, the court already temporarily blocked WhatsApp across the country, but then the time limit was 48 hours.

The resolution, which is dated April 26, 2016, comes into force from 2 pm on May 2 local time (8 pm on May 2 Moscow time).

The fine for local operators for non-compliance with the court order will be 500 thousand reais (about $ 143 thousand) per day, writes Folha De S. Paulo. Large local companies such as Tim Participacoes SA, Oi SA, Telefonica Brasil SA, Claro SA and Nextel have already agreed to comply with this requirement.

The reason for the blocking was not reported. In December, the blocking of WhatsApp was due to the reluctance of the messenger’s management to cooperate with local authorities, which demanded to give out the data of several users of the messenger. Later, in March 2016, Jorge Zordan, vice president of Facebook (owns WhatsApp), was temporarily arrested in the same case.

The December temporary blocking brought 4 million new users to Pavel Durov’s Telegram messenger.

Telegram technical support reported on the connection of a million new users, and also said that it could not deliver the required number of SMS to verify new users due to restrictions of local operators.