A court in Brazil has ordered telecommunications companies to block popular messaging service WhatsApp for 48 hours, citing a failure to respond properly to a criminal case.
According to Brazilian newspaper O Globo, the order was handed down from the 1st Criminal Court of São Bernardo do Campo in São Paulo, Brazil, due to an unnamed petitioner seeking an injunction against the company. All Brazilian telecommunication companies — including Hi, Vivo, TIM and Claro — have to block users from accessing WhatsApp for the next two days starting at 9 p.m. ET.
“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, ” the court said in a statement.